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Benefits of Planting Trees Highlighted by Teagasc at TIMBER 2017

The Forestry Development Department, Teagasc will highlight its extensive advisory, research and training services at TIMBER 2017, the biennial Irish Forestry, Woodland & Bio Energy Show 2017. This important forestry event is taking place today, 5 May and Saturday 6 May at the Stradbally Hall Estate, Co Laois.

Tom Houlihan, Acting Head of the Teagasc Forestry Development Department explains: “The multiple benefits of planting trees on the farm are a particular focus area for Teagasc. Attractive options include native woodland initiatives, productive conifer establishment as well as agroforestry and forestry for fibre categories. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s Forestry Programme provide new opportunities to landowners including attractive forest establishment and support grants.”

He added: “In addition, we are also launching new leaflets and a short video as part of our expanding advisory resources. Two new titles were produced as part of Teagasc’s popular Farm Forestry Series, while a new video explains how to recognise the serious ash dieback disease during the winter months.”

The three new productions are:

  • Farm Forestry Series no 2, Vegetation Control in Farm Forestry. This completely revised and updated 12-page leaflet outlines the importance of and benefits of effective and sustainable vegetation control on early forest establishment and longer term timber quality and value.
  • Farm Forestry Series no 20, Reforestation following Clearfell. This 12-page leaflet provides guidance on how to address the challenges associated with replanting a forest. Topics include ground preparation, vegetation control and pine weevil control.
  • New video, Ash dieback – how to recognise symptoms in winter. This short video provides valuable guidance on symptoms of ash dieback disease (Chalara) during the winter months. The video is presented by Dr Gerry Douglas, Principal Research Officer with Teagasc.

The above productions can be viewed on www.teagasc.ie/forestry.

Teagasc will have its own marquee and demonstration area where forestry advisors, researchers and specialists will be available over the two days to answer questions on how best to incorporate a forest as part of whole farm planning and to provide on the spot management advice.

Visitors to our marquee can view the latest research on tree breeding, conifer and broadleaf silviculture, site classification and on how best to prepare forests for thinning, harvesting and marketing.

Teagasc’s Education Department will be there highlighting forestry courses and training available.

Several Forest Owner Groups will be represented in the Teagasc Marquee providing information on their activities.

If you are considering forestry, have a forest on the farm, or are involved with a forest or timber enterprise, then you definitely don’t want to miss TIMBER 2017. It is a great opportunity to see forestry-related machinery, products and services.