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Forest walks: the importance of managing young forests

Early management is essential to get the best returns from your forest!

Teagasc in association with the Forest Service (DAFM) are organising a nationwide series of forest walks from 17 to 27 April focusing on the management of young forests. At these events, forestry experts from Teagasc and the Forest Service will explain why it is essential to care for young forests.

New forests require several years of active management to become well established. If a plantation is not well maintained, future revenues are likely to be compromised.

It is therefore very important to ensure that the young forest will perform well and that budding forest owners know what needs to be done each year. This is also true if the management of the forest has been subcontracted out for the first four years. After all, it is the owner that will benefit financially from well looked after trees!

Another very good reason is because the payment of the second instalment of the Afforestation Scheme (4-year maintenance grant) and forestry premium is subject to the forest successfully achieving certain standards.

Focus in the first few years will be on controlling the surrounding vegetation, ensuring that browsing animals won't damage the young trees, replanting of failed trees, assessing nutrient needs, shaping of broadleaf trees and reducing the risk of fires.

This nationwide series of forest walks is aimed at landowners who have established a new forest in the last ten years. Landowners who are considering planting some land will also find these events very useful.

The aim of these walks is to provide guidance to forest owners. Forest owners need to take an active role in the management of their forests to maximise future timber revenue.

Please note: all walks start at 7pm.

County Meeting point Date Short description Contact
Cavan Milltown, Community Centre car park 27 April Afforestation & Early Management Kevin O’Connell
087 1216159
Clare Feakle, Church car park 17 April Afforestation & Early Management Michael Somers
087 1216163
Cork Adrigole, The Wild Atlantic Bar car park (formerly the Sugarloaf Bar) on R572 26 April Afforestation & Early Management John Casey
087 2242283
Donegal Lissacholly (L7985, signposted from the Ballyshannon / Belleek Road) 25 April Management of an 8 year old forest Steven Meyen
087 6775158
Galway Glenamaddy, Community Centre 19 April Afforestation & Early Management Noel Kennedy
087 9090504
Kerry / Cork Ballydesmond, Community Centre 24 April Afforestation & Early Management Tom Houlihan
087 6184353
Kilkenny Castlecomer, St Mary’s Church of Ireland car park 27 April Afforestation & Early Management Michael Somers
087 1216163
Laois Mountmellick, Top filling station on Tullamore Road 24 April Management of a 4 year old Oak & Conifer Site Liam Kelly
087 9090495
Limerick Abbeyfeale, Church car park 25 April Afforestation & Early Management Tom Houlihan
087 6184353
Mayo Carracastle, Charlestown, Church car park 18 April Afforestation & Early Management Noel Kennedy
087 9090504
Monaghan Rockcorry, Main Street 26 April Afforestation & Early Management Kevin O’Connell
087 1216159
Tipperary Mullinahone Co-op 24 April Afforestation & Early Management Michael Somers
087 1216163
Waterford Kilmacthomas, car park beside Credit Union on Main Street 19 April Early Broadleaf Management & 2nd Thin Conifers John Casey
087 2242283
Westmeath Bunbrosna, Tormey’s Bar car park 26 April Management of Oak & Conifer site Liam Kelly
087 9090495
Wexford Bridgetown College 18 April Early Management of Mixed Species Frances McHugh
087 6222111
Wicklow Avoca, RC Church car park 20 April Early Management of Mixed Species Frances McHugh
087 6222111