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Teagasc’s series of Forestry Advisory Clinics start next week

Teagasc will introduce regular nationwide series of Forestry Advisory Clinics throughout 2017 to facilitate as many farmers and other landowners as possible. The first series of these clinics will take place between 9 and 19 January, promoting the establishment of forestry as a sustainable and rewarding land use on Irish farms.

These clinics will be held in Teagasc offices around the country on specific dates, from 10 am to 4 pm each day, where a one-to one consultation with an experienced forestry advisor can be arranged by appointment.

The Forestry Programme offers landowners and existing forest owners many options in relation to forest establishment with a range of attractive grants and annual premium categories available.

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 2017 Teagasc Forestry Clinics are an ideal opportunity to flesh out the details of how forestry might work for you.”

Steven Meyen, Forestry Advisor 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 land use change to forestry, like any new farm enterprise, will raise many questions. A consultation with your Teagasc forestry advisor will provide independent and objective advice, empowering you to make informed decisions on many relevant issues including the following:

  • Opportunities for farmers and other landowners under the Forestry Programme 2014-2020
  • Available grants and premiums
  • Interaction with other farm schemes, e.g. BPS, GLAS, etc.
  • How forestry can improve farm income and the environment?
  • How to apply and get the job done right first time?
  • Harvesting and timber sales

The forestry programme also offers landowners, who are not farming, the opportunity to avail of the same annual planting premiums as farmers. These forestry clinics provide an ideal setting in which to discuss their particular situation. 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.

Prior booking of a one to one forestry consultation is essential. To book your free consultation, please see table below for contact details.

Please bring maps and other relevant information on the day to optimise the advisory experience and outcome.

These clinics provide an ideal opportunity to get answers to your forestry questions – don’t miss it!

For further details, visit www.teagasc.ie/forestry or consult the table below:

CountyLocationVenueDateContact for appointment
Carlow Oak Park Advisory Office Jan-17 059 9183555
Clare Ennis Teagasc Office Jan-12 065 6828676
Clare Kilrush Teagasc Office Jan-11 087 6184353
Cork Macroom Teagasc Office Jan-11 026 41604
Cork Mallow Teagasc Office Jan-10 022 21936
Donegal Ballybofey Teagasc Office Jan-10 074 9131189
Dublin Kinsealy Teagasc Office Jan-19 01 8459026
Galway Ballinasloe Teagasc Office Jan-11 090 9642456
Kerry Killarney Teagasc Office Jan-17 064 6632344
Kerry Listowel Teagasc Office Jan-09 087 6184353
Kerry Tralee Teagasc Office Jan-13 087 6184353
Kildare Naas Teagasc Office Jan-17 045 879203
Kilkenny Kilkenny Teagasc Office Jan-13 056 7721153
Laois Portlaoise Teagasc Office Jan-10 057 8621326
Leitrim Mohill Teagasc Office Jan-12 071 9631076
Limerick Kilmallock Teagasc Office Jan-10 063 98039
Limerick Newcastlewest Teagasc Office Jan-12 069 61444
Longford Longford Teagasc Office Jan-11 043 3341021
Louth Dundalk Teagasc Office Jan-12 042 9332263
Mayo Ballina Teagasc Office Jan-12 096 22077
Mayo Claremorris Teagasc Office Jan-10 094 9371360
Meath Navan Teagasc Office Jan-13 046 9021792
Offaly Tullamore Teagasc Office Jan-09 057 9321405
Roscommon Castlerea Teagasc Office Jan-13 094 9620160
Roscommon Roscommon Teagasc Office Jan-09 090 6626166
Sligo Ballymote Teagasc Office Jan-11 071 9183369
Tipperary Clonmel Teagasc Office Jan-11 052 6121300
Tipperary Nenagh Teagasc Office Jan-10 067 31821
Tipperary Thurles Teagasc Office Jan-09 0504 21777
Waterford Dungarvan Teagasc Office Jan-12 058 41211
Westmeath Mullingar Teagasc Office Jan-16 044 9340721
Wexford Enniscorthy Teagasc Office Jan-18 053 9233332
Wicklow Tinahely Teagasc Office Jan-10 0402 38171

Counties and locations in alphabetical order.