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Forest and Woodland Establishment Events - March 2020

Teagasc, in association with Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM) has organised two national events on “Forest and Woodland Establishment”.

DateEventMeeting pointContact

Thursday March 12

Forest and Woodland Establishment Event 1 Bailie Hotel, Bailieborough, Co Cavan. Eircode A82 T6C6  Kevin O’Connell 

Thursday March 19

Forest and Woodland Establishment Event 2

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

  • This event has been cancelled
John Casey 

Important points to note:

  • Please arrive at the meeting points any time between 10 and 11.30am.
  • Access to the demonstration sites is by bus only.
  • These are outdoor events: please bring appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • These events are free and open to the public.
  • There will be an opportunity to meet and network with the forest industry at the meeting points. 

A change to forestry, like any new farm enterprise, raises many questions.

Tree planting is a significant undertaking. The decisions that are taken at planting time will determine the results over many years. These Teagasc events are an ideal opportunity to explore how forestry and woodland creation may work for you. Forestry personnel from Teagasc and DAFM will cover the following issues:

  • Overview of current forestry schemes including Afforestation, Native Woodland, Agroforestry and Forestry for Fibre
  • Improving farm income
  • Applying for grants and how to get the work done
  • Land suitability for planting
  • Ground preparation and early management
  • Forestry interaction with other agricultural schemes, e.g. BPS
  • Forestry, biodiversity and water management

Comprehensive information and advice will be available on both the Native Woodland Establishment (NWS Est.) Scheme and the Afforestation Scheme. While many of the regulations for both schemes are the same, the NWS Est. Scheme has additional environmental measures. These innovative schemes encourage farmers to create new habitats, plant groups of native broadleaves and create wildlife corridors between habitats.

Forestry can be a highly attractive land use option making marginal land work. Forests take many years to mature, gradually delivering more and more ecosystem goods and services such as timber production, carbon sequestration, recreation and air quality improvement.

Teagasc encourages anyone considering establishing a forest or who wants to find out about managing a young forest to attend these important events.