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Teagasc Forestry Clinics

A nationwide series of forestry advisory clinics for people who are considering forestry, or who are existing forest owners, has been organised by Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department. These one-to-one consultations are being held from next week between January 18 and 29.

The Forestry Programme 2014-2020 is now well underway and offers landowners new forest establishment options. Dr Nuala Ni Fhlatharta, Head of Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department said: “Landowners consider forestry for many reasons, such as supplementing farm income, farm restructuring or developing a retirement fund. Any new farm enterprise can present many questions. The 2016 Teagasc Forestry Clinics are an ideal opportunity to flesh out the details of how forestry might work for you.”

Tom Houlihan, Forestry Adviser with Teagasc added: “The current programme offers very attractive payments to all landowners. It is also a great opportunity for farmers to understand the requirements of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and other farm schemes before establishing a forest.”

A one-to-one forestry appointment with a Teagasc forestry adviser will provide landowners with free, confidential, independent and objective advice. At these clinics, find out how a forest enterprise can improve farm and household income; discover the wide range of timber and non-timber benefits; learn about opportunities for non-farmers under the new forestry programme; investigate how planting interacts with other farm schemes such as BPS, GLAS, AEOS; and, last but not least, how to get the job done right first time.

The 2016 Teagasc Forestry Clinics also present an opportunity for non-farmers who previously would have qualified for a lower ‘non-farmer’ premium. Although the emphasis for the upcoming clinics is on new planting, existing forest owners, regardless of what stage their forest is at, can also avail of this opportunity to pick up valuable management tips.

Clinics will take place in local Teagasc offices between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Please bring maps and other relevant information. Prior booking is essential. Places are limited and are filling up fast. This is an ideal opportunity to get answers to your forestry questions – don’t miss it!

For Forestry Advisory Clinics details, visit www.teagasc.ie/forestry