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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 will commence at 9:30 am, followed by a demonstration of a Peterson portable sawmill. This will be followed by the event opening and a series of short presentations, including the harvesting experiences of a private forest owner, Teagasc advice on broadleaf management and the views of industry players on the management, harvesting and market requirements for hardwoods. Participants will also have the opportunity to view quality Irish hardwood products.

There will be 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.

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