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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 19 April to 8 May 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 forest 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.


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Carlow St Lazarian's Cathedral, Old Leighlin R93 N598 Tuesday 24 April Early management Michael Somers, 087 1216163
Frances McHugh, 087 6222111
Cavan Stradone Village  H12 X6P4 Tuesday 24 April  Early management 0-4 years Kevin O’Connell, 087 1216159
 Cork Racecourse entrance Mallow, on N72 P51 XV74 Wednesday 25 April 4-10 year management of conifers John Casey, 087 2242283
 Cork Opposite Kilmeen Kilbree GAA entrance, Rossmore P85 FX33 Monday 30 April 4-10 year management of agroforestry and mixed conifer/broadleaf plantations John Casey, 087 2242283
Clare Church Feakle V94 F9W3 Thursday 19 April Early management Michael Somers, 087 1216163
Galway Community Centre, Kilconnell, Co Galway H53 E7K6 Thursday 26 April Early management of conifers Noel Kennedy, 087 9090504
Kerry Heather Restaurant car park, Tomies West, Gap of Dunloe, Killarney V93 WP94 Thursday 26 April Native woodland establishment and early management Jonathan Spazzi 087 7102739
Kildare Outside Parkes Nursing Home, Boycetown, Kilcock (old N4 Kilcock – Enfield Road) W23 X3NR Monday 23 April 3-year old Oak / Norway spruce and 1-year old agroforestry plot Liam Kelly, 087 9090495
Laois Mountrath Mart (R440), Mountrath, Co Laois R32 DH68 Tuesday 24 April Reforestation and early management Of conifers Liam Kelly, 087 9090495
Leitrim Dromahair (signposted from the Riverbank Restaurant, Dromahair R287) F91 W243 Wednesday 2 May Converting an even-aged conifer plantation to Continuous Cover Forest (CCF) Steven Meyen, 087 6775158
Limerick Shanagolden Roman Catholic car park V94 T882 Tuesday 8 May Early management of Sitka spruce plantation Jonathan Spazzi, 087 7102739
Mayo Clarkes Shop, Bohola, Co Mayo F12 X0P9 Wednesday 2 May Early management of conifers Noel Kennedy, 087 9090504
Roscommon Saddler’s Inn, Kingsland, Boyle, Co Roscommon F52 HV07 Tuesday 24 April Early management of conifers Noel Kennedy, 087 9090504
Tipperary Community Centre, Holyford E34 FW25 Thursday 26 April Early management Michael Somers, 0871216163
Westmeath Outside Ballymore RC Church, along (R390) Mullingar – Athlone Road N91 D762 Monday 30 April Early management (3-year old oak and Norway spruce) Liam Kelly, 087 9090495
Wexford Mannion's Pub car park, Mount Elliott, New Ross Y34 YY15 Tuesday 1 May Early management of broadleaves/conifers Frances McHugh, 087 6222111
Wicklow St Finian's Church, Kilquiggan R93 R729 Thursday 3 May Early management of broadleaves/conifers Frances McHugh, 087 6222111