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Tending and Thinning of Oak Woodlands

Tending and thinning Oak are essential operations to ensure the production of valuable hardwood timber and to optimise returns. This is the first Oak thinning event to be held nationwide.

Teagasc, COFORD and the Forest Service have organised this forestry event to showcase the Tending and Thinning of young Oak woodlands. It will take place on Wednesday, 26 October at Cappamurragh Farm House, Dundrum, Co Tipperary and will provide a valuable insight into the management of young Oak woodlands to produce quality stems and optimise the value of the future crop.

Michael Somers, Forestry Development Officer with Teagasc explains what people can expect on the day: “The event will demonstrate to participants the optimum time to commence tending and first thinning of Oak. Other important topics to be discussed will include felling licences, harvesting grants, road access, firewood and charcoal production and non-timber products such as fungi.”

“Participants will be shown the process of marking the trees for tending with identification of potential final crop trees and subsequent marking of stems to be removed including competitors, and diseased stems,” explains Dr Ian Short, Broadleaf Forestry Research Officer with Teagasc. “The demonstration will also include a visit to a plot that has recently been tended.”

Tending and thinning broadleaves are essential operations to ensure the production of valuable hardwood timber optimising returns from broadleaf forests. This is the first Oak thinning event to be held nationwide. It is a great opportunity for Oak growers to see and experience best practice for tending and thinning of Oak crops.