During February and March, landowners can join three, one-hour online workshops organised by Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department, to gain an understanding of what a new forest can offer, learn what’s involved, and how to get started in the planting process. These sessions will be held through Zoom.
Landowners should attend all three sessions as different areas will be covered. The first sessions will be held between 15 and 24 February.
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 upcoming online Forestry Workshops are a great opportunity during the current lockdown to flesh out the details of how forestry might work for you.”
Liam Kelly, Forestry Advisor with Teagasc concluded, “There are different forestry support measures available fulfilling different purposes. It is essential that an owner knows and understands their own objectives of what they want from their forest or woodland.”
People can register at www.teagasc.ie/forestryworkshops
Following registration, people will receive a link by email a few days prior to the first session to access the workshop sessions via zoom.