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:
|County||Location||Venue||Date||Contact 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.