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Focus on Forestry - Clare 2011

Focus on Forestry – Clare 2011 is a series of forestry events to be held in County Clare between 2 and 19 October promoting and focusing on the many benefits of forests both commercially and environmentally.

A wide range of organisations including Teagasc, the Forest Service, IFA, Coillte and the National Parks and Wildlife Service have come together providing an action packed forestry fortnight for the people of Clare. These events are also a great opportunity for forest owners from other counties to come and meet the many forest owners in Co Clare.

The following schedule of events has been carefully put together to ensure there is something to suit everybody:

To kick off Focus on Forestry - Clare 2011, a family day has been organised on National Trails Day (Sunday, 2 October) by Coillte to provide guided walks through the beautiful woodlands at Attyslany. This woodland associated with limestone pavement is a Special Area of Conservation with a very high nature value.

The County library will play host to the Healthy Forests, Healthy People exhibition provided by Coillte. To learn more about the environment and forestry, drop into Clare County Library to view the exhibition from Monday, 3 October.

A number of local schools have been chosen to participate in specialised biodiversity walks taking place in Dromore Woods as part of National Tree Day. These walks have been organised by the National Parks and Wildlife Service in association with the Tree Council of Ireland.

Planting and conserving native trees is extremely important. Teagasc, Seed Savers and Celt have come together to demonstrate the importance of tree and orchard planting and management on Tuesday, 18 October.

Forest owners in Clare play a very important role in the future development of the local forest industry. As the number of forest owners thinning their plantations is growing every year, it is important to share experiences. A number of workshops and information sessions have been organised to help owners to talk, thin and market timber successfully:

IFA will host a Forestry Public Meeting on Wednesday, 5 October.

Teagasc and the Forest Service have organised a Thinning Workshop for members of Forest Owner Groups on Monday, 10 October.

Steps to Thinning and Marketing your Timber will take place the next day, on Tuesday, 11 October. This very worthwhile National Forestry Demonstration has been organised by Teagasc in association with the Forest Service and will showcase a farm forest where both the first and the second thinning have now been carried out.

Finally, Focus on Forestry - Clare 2011 will give business owners the opportunity to learn more about wood fuel as an alternative and renewable heating solution. Clare County Council will provide the case study and venue for this session while informative speakers and demonstrations have been arranged by Clare Local Development Company and Limerick Clare Energy Agency. Wood chip: Fuel for your Business will take place on Wednesday, 19 October.

County Clare is renowned for good music, fun and now forestry.