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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 aims to support forest owners in thinning their conifer forests, growing quality timber and selling it successfully.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s 'Virtual Talking Timber' was broadcast live on 14 July 2020. The format was a mixture of short, on-site videos followed by a live panel discussion. Viewers participating in the live broadcast also had the opportunity to ask questions in a live Q&A session.

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?

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 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 

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