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Teagasc Forestry focuses on Afforestation and Thinning

The Teagasc Forestry Development Department will focus specifically on afforestation and thinning at the Tullamore Show on Sunday, 12 August. Visitors to the Show won’t want to miss the exciting Forest & Energy Section where Teagasc Forestry will have their full range of information and leaflets available on all aspects of forestry.

Government policy has been to increase forest cover in Ireland to a minimum of 17% of the total land area. This will only be achieved through private landowners and the Irish farming community planting some of their land. The current incentives available are designed to encourage private landowners to reach this target. The existing incentives include a grant and an annual forest premium payment.

Liam Kelly Forestry Development Officer with Teagasc explains: “The grant includes a payment system that usually covers the full cost of planting and establishing a young plantation. The grant is paid in two instalments, approximately three quarters in year one after planting and the balance is paid 2 years later, upon successful establishment of the young forest. The grant rate is determined by the type of ground and species being planted. The annual forest premium is paid for 20 years in the case of a farmer and 15 years in the case of a non farmer. In a farmer’s case the rate varies between €369 and €515 per hectare. In the case of a non farmer the rate is between €181 and €195 per hectare. These rates are applicable to enclosed farmland and are determined again by soil type and species that are planted. Farmer qualification should always be proven prior to all planting taking place. There may also be many advantages under the SFP regulations if forestry continues to be an eligible land use option.”

Forest thinning in the private sector is currently under way on many sites as more and more farm forest sites reach their thinning age. This is a new area for most private forest owners. Forest thinning is usually good management practice and normally ensures that each site reaches its full potential if carried out correctly and at the proper stages. Thinning provides an early source of timber, which benefits the crop, the land owner, and also the timber industry. It is most important that all owners are aware of best practice and the proper procedures that are required to carry out forest thinning.

Therefore, for anyone considering planting or thinning, it would be important to visit the Teagasc Forestry Development Department stand in the Forest and Energy Section at the Tullamore Show 2012, to receive advice an all aspects of farm forestry, but especially on planting and forest thinning.

Forestry is well represented at the largest one day Agricultural Show in the country and Teagasc have been involved in planning the Forest and Energy Section again this year. The dedicated Forest & Energy Section at the Tullamore Show gives forestry its own recognition within the Show and this year it is located in the main field alongside the main trade stands. Almost 30 different companies and organisations will be in attendance at the Forest & Energy Section at this year’s Show.

Therefore, for anyone considering planting and thinning, a visit to the Forest and Energy Section at the Tullamore Show 2012 is a must.

For further details: log on to www.teagasc.ie/forestry,
or contact Liam Kelly, Forest & Energy Section Planner, Tullamore Show 2012
Forestry Development Officer, Teagasc, Mullingar
087 9090495