Local meetings on Ash dieback disease

Teagasc is holding a series of meetings across the region this week in an effort to address the Ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) disease which was recently discovered in a number of young forestry plantations and other locations.

Teagasc is holding a series of meetings across the region this week in an effort to address the Ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) disease which was recently discovered in a number of young forestry plantations and other locations.

Forest owners, farmers and other landowners are invited to attend the information evenings which take place at the Teagasc Office, Roscommon on Tuesday, May 21 May at 8pm; Teagasc Office, Mullingar on Wednesday, May 22nd at 8pm and at the Teagasc Office, Mohill on Thursday, May 23 next at 8pm.

Organised by Teagasc in association with the Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine the information evenings will provide participants with an opportunity to learn more about the disease and how all landowners and agencies can work together to eradicate the problem.

“The meetings will provide the latest news on Ireland’s campaign to eradicate the disease, and offer an ideal forum to get answers to your questions about ash dieback,” said Liam Kelly, Teagasc Forestry Adviser in Co Westmeath. “The meeting will also address the consequences for forestry grant aid, REPS and AEOS, particularly where ash dieback is confirmed in ash trees planted under these schemes.” For further information log onto www.teagasc.ie/forestry or contact Liam Kelly (087) 9090495.