Talking Hardwoods 2017
Where forest owners meet hardwood users
The Teagasc Forestry Development Department is holding a Hardwood Marketing Event on:
- Tuesday 24 October at the Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown, Co Cork
Many new broadleaf woodlands have been planted in Ireland since the early 1990s. Many of these crops are now approaching harvesting. Quality is key in the production of valuable hardwood timber.
When growing broadleaf trees, appropriate management results in the production of quality timber and increased crop value. Extensive research by Teagasc and others has developed silvicultural techniques, including formative shaping, high pruning, marking of Potential Crop Trees and thinning at the correct stage.
Early thinning is facilitated by the Woodland Improvement Scheme together with the demand for firewood. As crops develop through further thinning, it is envisaged that some of the logs from the removed trees will be suitable for higher value end uses. Many of which will be showcased at this marketing event.
It is therefore timely for Teagasc to organise an event bringing together broadleaf growers and users of hardwood timber stimulating the development of this fledgling hardwood market in Ireland.
- Registration and networking
- Opening address - Minister of State Andrew Doyle TD
- Peterson portable sawmill demonstration - Eoin O'Connell, Arborist Tree Services
- Coffee and networking
- The forest owner’s perspective (PDF) - Ailbhe Gerrard, Brookfield Farm
- Producing quality timber (PDF) - Dr Ian Short, Teagasc
- The existing broadleaf resource - Mark Twomey and Luke Middleton, Forest Service
- Market requirements (PDF) - Mark Donnelly, sawmiller
- Existing and future markets (PDF) - Dr Dermot O’Donovan, GMIT Letterfrack
- Questions & Answers
- Take Home Messages - John Casey, Teagasc
There are ample networking opportunities with organisations, users, contractors and timber buyers who have a stand at this venue. This event is a great opportunity for both growers and the industry as we all strive to stimulate the development of an economically robust and sustainable Irish hardwood market.
Contact your local forestry advisor to find out more.