Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department is holding a Hardwood Marketing Event entitled ‘Talking Hardwoods’ on Tuesday, November 15 next at the Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix.
“Broadleaf tree planting has been intensively carried out in Ireland since the early 1990s,” said Liam Kelly, Teagasc, Mullingar.
“Many of these crops are now approaching harvesting and quality is key in the production of valuable hardwood timber.”
He went on to say that in the process of growing broadleaf trees, appropriate management inspired 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,” he added.
“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.”
And so, with all of 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.
This will be a unique opportunity for both growers and the industry to participate in the development of the hardwood market.
“This event,” added Mr Kelly “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”.
The event will address the existing broadleaf resource; producing quality timber; harvesting practises; examining the existing and future markets and market requirements.
It will begin with a demonstration of various hardwood uses from different industry users and participants will have the opportunity to view quality Irish hardwood products. That 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 10- 2:30pm.
For more deails contact Mr Kelly on (087) 9090495 or visit: www.teagasc.ie/forestry.