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Forest walks: the importance of managing young forests

Go to table with details of all upcoming forest walks, 29 April - 9 May 2019 

Teagasc in association with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) are organising a nationwide series of forest walks from 29 April to 9 May focusing on the management of young forests. At these events, forestry experts from Teagasc and the Department 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 early 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.

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

Carlow

Nolan’s Garage, Ballon, R93 N2P7

Thursday 2 May

Early forest management (conifer & broadleaf)

Frances McHugh
087 6222111

Cavan

Spar Drumacon Service Station, Drumacon, Belturbet, H14 YX95

Wednesday 8 May

Pre-thinning conifers & broadleaves

Kevin O’Connell
087 1216159

Clare

Bodyke Church, Broadford, V94 YW93

Thursday 9 May

Continuous Cover Forestry

Michael Somers
087 1216163

Cork

Ballydesmond GAA, Ballydesmond, P51 EE9W

Monday 29 April

Early forest management (4-year old site)

John Casey
087 2242283

Donegal

Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey, F93 RD40 (riverside car park)

Tuesday 30 April

Early forest management (broadleaf woodland)

Steven Meyen
087 6775158

Kerry

Heather Restaurant car park, Tomies west, Gap of Dunloe, Killarney, V93 WP94

Thursday 9 May

Early forest Management (Native Woodland establishment)

Jonathan Spazzi
087 7102739

Kilkenny

Longman Kilfane car park, Thomastown, R95 Y239

Tuesday 30 April

Early forest management

Michael Somers
087 1216163

Limerick

Golden Vale Mart car park, Railway road, Abbeyfeale, V94 R120

Thursday 2 May

Early forest management (Sitka Spruce & oak)

Jonathan Spazzi
087 7102739

Longford

Saint Patrick’s GAA Club, Michael Keenan Park, (car park) Moor, Ardagh, N39 FW52

Monday 29 April

Early forest management (conifer & broadleaf)

Liam Kelly
087 9090495

Mayo

Texaco Garage, Ballindine (N17 Tuam - Claremorris), F12 P8H1

Thursday 2 May

Early forest management

Noel Kennedy
087 9090504

Monaghan

McCaughey’s Daybreak, Drumganus, Broomfield, A75 YR90

Tuesday 30 April

Early forest management

Kevin O’Connell
087 1216159

Offaly

Blueball Inn, Blueball, Tullamore, R35 KX08

Wednesday 1 May

Early forest management (conifer & broadleaf)

Liam Kelly
087 9090495

Roscommon

Kilglass Gaels GAA, Rooskey (R371 Rooskey - Strokestown), N41 YC44

Tuesday 7 May

Early forest management

Noel Kennedy
087 9090504

Tipperary

St Mary’s Church, Grangemockler, Carrick-on-Suir, E32 TC03

Wednesday 1 May

Early forest management

Michael Somers
087 1216163

Waterford

Holy Cross Church, Carrigahilla, Stradbally, X42 RH93

Wednesday 1 May

10-year old ash, Chalara refor

John Casey
087 2242283