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Woodlands for Water Event

Woodlands for Water Event

The Woodland for Water national event will take place in Teagasc Moorepark on Wednesday 29 of May 2024. The event will highlight the range of water-related ecosystem services provided by the establishment in 2023 of almost three hectares of new native woodland. John Casey tells us what to expect.

Trees can deliver many benefits when strategically planned and established on the farm. Protection and enhancement of water quality is one of many services that trees can provide in synergy with agriculture. In this article, Teagasc Forestry Advisor John Casey describes an exciting upcoming event that will highlight the potential of highly attractive measures available under the DAFM Forestry Programme along with many other effective agricultural initiatives used on the farm.

An exciting “Woodlands for Water” national event will take place in Teagasc’s Moorepark Research Centre, Fermoy on Wednesday, May 29. This event will highlight the wide range of significant water-related ecosystem services provided by the establishment in 2023 of almost three hectares of new native woodland, combined with undisturbed water setbacks, along the Funshion River. It will also feature a range of other agricultural measures supporting farm sustainability.

Moorepark Farm benefits from the trees through the reduction in sediment mobilisation and runoff, the interception of nutrient runoff, as well as increased native woodland biodiversity, carbon sequestration, improved landscape and greater habitat linkage within the wider Moorepark landscape. The event is open to all advisors, both Teagasc and private consultants, to local discussion groups and farmers.

This event also provides an opportunity to highlight Teagasc’s multi-faceted approach in Moorepark. Attendees will be taken on a circuit, with series of information stops that will provide valuable insights into a wide range of on-farm measures. These stops will consist of short 10-15 minute presentations including Teagasc Moorepark, the Teagasc Forestry Development Department/DAFM, ASSAP/LAWPRO and the Signpost Programme.

Moorepark staff will provide insights on current land uses and strategies employed to reduce nitrogen and greenhouse gas emissions. Teagasc Signpost Programme staff will discuss their ongoing work in leading and supporting the transition of Irish farming towards more sustainable farming systems. ASSAP /LAWPRO staff will highlight the suite of measures to promote and improve water quality on farms. Teagasc research staff will also highlight the benefits of trees from a water quality perspective, hedgerows enhancement, multi species swards and related farm measures.

The total circuit time is 2.5 hours, so please bring suitable outdoor gear. For farmers, there are two time slots available and pre-registration is necessary.

How to register

Book your preferred time slot below:

Register here for the FIRST GROUP (arrive 10:30 - 11:00 am) 

Register here for the SECOND GROUP (arrive 11:00 - 11:30 am) 

How to get there

Teagasc Moorepark Campus, southeast of the Paddy O’Keeffe Centre (P61 C996) - the car parking area will be signposted on the day.

For further information, check out the Woodland for Water Event. We very much look forward to seeing you on the day.