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Virtual Talking Timber 2020

Thinning conifers- adding values; controlling the outcomes

Tuesday 14 July 7 - 8 pm

Talking Timber – Teagasc’s popular annual timber marketing event is back! This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are coming to you online with Virtual Talking Timber.

Virtual Talking Timber aims to support forest owners in thinning their conifer forests, grow quality timber and sell it successfully.

The theme of this year’s event is "Thinning conifers – adding values; controlling the outcomes".

With more and more private forests reaching thinning stage, there are both opportunities and challenges to successfully bring this rapidly expanding timber resource to market.

Forest owners need to ask the right questions and make the right decisions to maximise their conifer forests’ potential quality and value. Questions may include:

  • Is my forest ready for thinning?
  • What is the best way to thin?
  • How can I keep control to ensure the best outcome?

The format for Virtual Talking Timber will comprise a series of short, on-site videos followed by a live panel discussion and an opportunity for you to have your questions answered in a live Q&A session. You are encouraged to ask questions and comment during our virtual event.

Foresters from Teagasc and the Forestry Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) together with a forest owner and a sawmiller will discuss preparing for thinning conifers with a particular focus on second thinning and the market requirements for quality timber.


  • 7 pm Introduction
  • 7 - 7.45 pm Short videos followed by live panel discussion 
  • 7.45 - 8 pm Live public Q&A (via the Zoom chat facility)

To attend our Virtual Talking Timber event, please register in advance at


We hope that you can join us!

Please note, this event is worth 15 CPD points (Society of Irish Foresters).

Talking Timber is organised by Teagasc with the co-operation of FII (Forest Industries Ireland) and DAFM