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Strong demand for Teagasc Forestry Clinics

Teagasc forestry advisors provided advice and information, about planting and management of trees, at over 350 consultations during a very busy recent nationwide series of Teagasc Forestry Advisory Clinics. Additional clinics were required to meet demand for information on forestry.

Strong demand for Teagasc Forestry Clinics

Teagasc forestry advisors provided advice and information, about planting and management of trees, at over 350 consultations during a very busy recent nationwide series of Teagasc Forestry Advisory Clinics. Additional clinics were required to meet demand for information on forestry.

The one-to-one clinics held in January provided the opportunity for farmers, landowners and forest owners to explore their forestry options and receive independent and objective advice during a confidential consultation with experienced Teagasc forestry advisors.

New planting enquiries made up more than half of all consultations, with farmers and landowners seeking information on the many planting options offered under the Forestry Programme, and the range of attractive establishment grants and annual premium categories available.

Noel Kennedy, Teagasc forestry advisor based in Roscommon said: “There was an increased level of interest from farmers looking seriously at forestry. Not only from an income perspective, but also how it can contribute longer term to sustainable farming.”

He added: “Non-farmers are surprised how attractive forestry is and are now seriously looking at it as a more productive use of their land which they wish to keep in the family.”

The next most common topic raised at the clinics involved farmers and landowners with forestry already planted. They were seeking advice and information on how best to manage their conifer and broadleaf forests. Encouraged by the current strong market for conifer timber, forest owners sought information on thinning, selling timber and market options.

The clinics also provided an opportunity for those attending to subscribe to Teagasc’s forestry E-newsletter. This is a free email newsletter provided by Teagasc which provides regular updates on the latest developments in Irish forestry. To subscribe please go to www.teagasc.ie/forestry.