Teagasc has organised a nationwide series of personalised Forestry Advisory Clinics 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 (see details below), where a private and personalised one-to one consultation with an experienced forestry advisor can be arranged by appointment.
Kilkenny (R95 RX30) Tuesday 29 January
Mullinavat (X91 YW32) Monday 28 January
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. That is why a land use change to forestry, like any new farm enterprise, will raise many questions.”
She added, “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. These Teagasc Forestry Clinics are an ideal opportunity to flesh out the details of how forestry might work for you.”
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
What to expect from you forest crop; harvesting and timber sales
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/forestryclinics
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