Talking Hardwoods' at Teagasc Forestry Development

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Talking Hardwoods' at Teagasc Forestry Development

Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department is holding a Hardwood Marketing Event entitled ‘Talking Hardwoods’ on Tuesday, November 15, at the Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix.

When growing broadleaf trees, appropriate management inspires the production of good quality timber. Early and appropriate management includes formative shaping, pruning, marking of the potential crop trees and thinning at the correct stage.

Early broadleaf thinning is facilitated by the Woodland Improvement Grant together with the demand for firewood. As crops develop through further thinning, it is envisaged that some of the logs from the removed trees will be suitable for higher value end uses.

With this in mind Teagasc is organising an event to bring together broadleaf growers and users of hardwood timber to help develop and stimulate the production of a hardwood market in Ireland.

Liam Kelly, Forest Development Officer with Teagasc said that ‘this event will provide a valuable opportunity for broadleaf growers and hardwood users to meet and discuss how to provide this developing market with optimum quality material’

During the event the following issues will be addressed:

n The existing broadleaf resource

n Producing quality timber

n Harvesting practises

n Existing and future markets

n Market requirements

The event will commence with a demonstration of various hardwood uses from different industry users. Participants will have the opportunity to view quality Irish hardwood products.

It will be followed by short presentations from Teagasc and industry players on the management, uses and requirements of the hardwood industry

Registration commences at 9.30am and the event will run from 10am to 2.30pm. This free indoor event is open to all that have an interest in hardwoods.