Teagasc Focuses On Benefits of the New Forestry Programme 2014-2020 at TIMBER 2015
Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department is pulling out all the stops for this year’s TIMBER 2015, the Irish Forestry, Woodland & Bio Energy Show. TIMBER 2015 is taking place this weekend at the Stradbally Hall Estate, Co Laois. Teagasc will have its own marquee and demonstration area highlighting its extensive advisory, research and training services.
Forestry advisers, researchers, educators and specialists will be available over the two days to answer your questions on how best to incorporate a forest into your farm, while providing on the spot advice regarding your existing forests. Particular focus this year will be on the New Forestry Programme with details on each element. The new forestry programme provides great opportunities for enhancing family farm income. Forest owners who are considering forestry, or are at the thinning stage, will find comprehensive, practical and above all, independent advice at the Teagasc marquee.
Teagasc’s focus this year is very much on promoting and providing objective and unbiased support to the new Forestry Programme 2014-2020. This new Forestry Programme provides new opportunities to landowners including attractive forest establishment and support grants.
Nuala Ni Fhlatharta, Head of the Forestry Development Department with Teagasc explains “Teagasc urges anyone with an interest in developing a forest enterprise to consider forestry under this new attractive Forestry Programme. One of the key differences in the new programme is that a single premium rate has been introduced. This means that no distinction is being made between farmers and non-farmers. The new forestry premiums will also now be paid for a period of 15 years instead of 20.”
She added “A new forest road construction scheme is also available with improved grant rates. This is important news for forest owners who are now preparing for their first thinning operation.”
To highlight the benefits of the new Forestry Programme, a range of new publications have been produced. Steven Meyen, Forestry Adviser with Teagasc explains “To assist in providing a better understanding of the new Forestry Programme, Teagasc in association with the Forest Service, DAFM have produced six new publications describing different elements of the new Forestry Programme. Three new titles were produced as part of Teagasc’s popular Farm Forestry Series, while another three flyers were prepared by the Forest Service, DAFM and produced by Teagasc highlighting different measures of the new Forestry Programme.”
The three new titles in Teagasc’s popular Farm Forestry Series are:
- Farm Forestry Series no 7, Establishing a Farm Forest This 12-page leaflet outlines the options available to budding forest owners how to make a grant application.
- Farm Forestry Series no 18, Afforestation Grant & Premium Scheme 2014-2020. This 12-page leaflet explains briefly the various Grant and Premium Categories and what they entail.
- Farm Forestry Series no 17, Timber Measurement in Conifer Forests – Preparing for the first thinning. This 8-page leaflet is a practical guide for those forest owners preparing for first thinning who wish to know the volume of timber they are offering for sale. The leaflet is of particular benefit to those who have attended a Teagasc Timber Measurement Course.
The three joint new flyers highlighting different measures of the new Forestry Programme are:
- Forest Roads Scheme 2014-2020
- Thinning and Tending of Broadleaves (Woodland Improvement Scheme) 2014-2020
- Reconstitution Scheme (Chalara Ash Dieback) 2014-2020
Teagasc encourages anyone considering establishing a forest, or who has a forest, to call in to the Teagasc marquee at TIMBER 2015 for independent forestry advice, the latest forestry research, as well as a range of forestry education options.