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Teagasc Forest and Woodland Establishment Events

Two national events on “Forest and Woodland Establishment will take place in March in Cavan and Waterford. These events are an ideal opportunity for land owners to explore how forestry and woodland creation may work for them.

Organised by Teagasc, in association with the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM), the first event takes place on Thursday, 12 March, meeting at the Bailie Hotel, Bailieborough, Co Cavan. The second event is on next week, Thursday 19 March, assembling at Saint Laurence’s Community Hall, Garrynageragh East, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Access to the outdoor demonstration sites is by bus only, so those wishing to attend are urged to arrive at the meeting points any time between 10 and 11.30am.

Dr. Nuala Ní Fhlatharta, Head of the Teagasc Forestry Development Department said; “Forestry can be a highly attractive land use option making marginal land work. Forests take many years to mature, gradually delivering more and more ecosystem goods and services such as timber production, carbon sequestration, recreation and air quality improvement.”

Forestry personnel from Teagasc and DAFM will cover the following issues:

  • Overview of current forestry schemes including Afforestation, Native Woodland, Agroforestry and Forestry for Fibre
  • Improving farm income
  • Applying for grants and how to get the work done
  • Land suitability for planting
  • Ground preparation and early management
  • Forestry interaction with other agricultural schemes, e.g. BPS
  • Forestry, biodiversity and water management

Comprehensive information and advice will be available on both the Native Woodland Establishment Scheme and the Afforestation Scheme. While many of the regulations for both schemes are the same, the Native Woodland Establishment Scheme has additional environmental measures. These innovative schemes encourage farmers to create new habitats, plant groups of native broadleaves and create wildlife corridors between habitats.

Teagasc encourages anyone considering establishing a forest, or who wants to find out about managing a young forest to attend these important events.