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Teagasc Hedgerow Week - Wednesday

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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

Hedges are full of food for birds and bees – but what about us humans? Catherine Keena went foraging with cookery demonstrator Rosemarie Cusack and chef Paul Flynn from the Tannery restaurant in Dungarvan. They gave her ideas on what to do with food picked from hedges. Hedges also have many other values which will be discussed on Wednesday.

We know trees sequester carbon and Lilian O’Sullivan, Teagasc, Environment Soils and Land Use Department in Johnstown Castle tells us about an exciting new project that aims to quantify the carbon stock of selected hedgerows by measuring the different carbon pools.

Hedges help protect water quality by acting as barriers to overland flow of water which can contain nutrients and sediment which we don’t want to end up in watercourses. A hedged landscape helps regulate water flow and is good for water quality. Cathal Somers Agricultural Sustainability Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme will explain more.

Farmers are the custodians of the countryside and of the Irish hedges. Donal Kavanagh Teagasc Glanbia Open Source Future Farmer give a farmer’s perspective. As the value of hedges is increasingly being recognised, Anthony Dineen Teagasc advisor explains the rules and regulations for farmers.

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