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Teagasc forest establishment workshops very well received

During February and March, landowners were able to participate in three one-hour online workshops “Planting a new forest - Getting started”, organised by Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department.

Teagasc forest establishment workshops very well received

These workshops provided participants with the opportunity to gain an understanding of what a new forest can offer, learn what’s involved and how to get started in the planting process.

Close to 600 people registered for these workshops and each session had well over 300 participants.

Dr Nuala Ni Fhlatharta, Head of Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department said: “There is a strong interest among landowners in creating new forests, as evidenced by the numbers participating in the workshops. There is an increasing awareness of the multiple benefits that a forest can provide on a farm; including a secure annual income from premium payments, a pension pot for the future from timber sales and an on-farm natural resource for amenity and enhanced biodiversity.”

John and Angela Davitt from Newport, Co Mayo found the workshops very useful, saying; “Many thanks for the forestry workshops run over the last three weeks. We have found them informative, well-paced and well-designed to help our decision-making process.”

Noel Kennedy, Forestry Development officer with Teagasc sai: “There has been a very positive response to the workshops. The online model of workshop delivery using Zoom worked well – both technologically and more importantly as an effective means of interacting with landowners to provide the information they need about planting a new forest.”

He added, “I believe also that being able to join the workshops from the comfort of your own home contributed to a positive atmosphere generating many questions and lively discussions.”

These establishment workshops will be followed in April by a nationwide series of workshops focusing on the management of a young farm forest. The April workshops will use the same delivery methods and format. Find out more at www.teagasc.ie/forestry.