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Teagasc Hedgerow Week - Friday

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Teagasc Hedgerow Week 2020 will feature all aspects of hedges including their history and current extent. Their value for ecosystem services values ranging from biodiversity, carbon and water quality to food for foraging. Management practices of planting, cutting and rejuvenation will also feature

‘Planting hedges for a sustainable future’ is the overall theme for this year’s Hedgerow Week. We want to inspire farmers to plant new native Irish hedges. Let’s hope this week will plant the seed that will result in the planting of networks of hedges throughout the countryside, that will remain long after us.

One farming family leading the way are Henry, Patricia and Enda Walsh in Moneymore East in Oranmore, Co Galway whose newly planted hedge splits a large field on their intensive dairy farm. Teagasc advisor Tom Murphy agrees that hedges have a place on the farming platform on dairy farms.

Caroline O’Sullivan Farm Manager in Curtins farm in Teagasc Moorepark also agrees saying it is nice to see intensive dairying and hedges side by side. New hedges can be planted on tillage farms according to Michael Hennessy Head of Crops KT in Teagasc, as demonstrated by John Hogan, Farm Manager in Teagasc Oak Park.

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