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Broadleaf Management Event in July


Teagasc Forestry Development Department will run a virtual event on Tuesday the 20th of July at 7pm focusing on the management for timber of broadleaf forests. Jonathan Spazzi, Teagasc Forestry has details. If you want to find out what it takes to grow quality hardwood timber this event is for you

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This will be a virtual event and will include a series of short informative videos and a live studio panel to discuss topical questions.

Registration is essential and participants can book a place by clicking the link below

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Broadleaf forests

broadleaf webinar IMG_4753Irish broadleaf forests account today for approximately 30% of our national forest estate with much of our broadleaf farm forests still young and at development stage. The reasons why people plant broadleaf forests on their farms are diverse and can range from biodiversity, water protection, timber production and landscape, to mention a few. In many cases a balanced mix of different objectives is adopted by owners, with timber production often being a central driver.

Early intervention for quality 

The early years in the development of a broadleaf forest are critical. The best quality trees should be selected for pruning where required and managed to provide these selected trees with sufficient space for vigorous growth. Without appropriate and timely selective management much of the future hardwood timber value will be restricted to the production of firewood. While the firewood market is a very important enabler for early broadleaf forest management,  for long-term profitable hardwood production it is essential that the forest will  also be able to produce, in time, logs of sufficient  dimensions and quality to be marketed as sawlogs for planking and use by the joinery and furniture trade.

Topics covered during the upcoming event will include suitable site selection, early pruning, grading trees by quality and vigour, marking for thinning , harvesting best practice and management grants available to owners.

If you want to find out what it takes to grow quality hardwood timber from your farm forest resource this event is for you.

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