North East Forestry Group


“It’s a wise man who plants trees whose shade he will never sit.”

North East Forestry Group

Navan  |  Co Meath  |  Republic of Ireland

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Established May 2013

Knockrath Forest, Rathdrum in County Wicklow
Bob Gogarty's Christmas Trees
Wood Chip Pile
Forest Road
Belgium Study Trip
Charles Dubois (President of ProSilva Belgium)
Charles Dubois (President of ProSilva Belgium)
Locals firewood stacks
Minister's Hut - Sitka Spruce Plantation
Wood Chip Pile
Forest Road
Belgium Study Trip

Previous Events

Date:  Wednesday 12 April 2017

Meeting Time  10.00am

Venue:  Toorlougher, Newport, Co Tipperary

Irish Timber Growers Association Field Day

Planning and Managing for Forest Certification

A group of 15 North East Forestry Group (NEFG) members attended an excellent field day on forest certification at the invitation of the Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA).  The field day was hosted by representatives of the Irish Forestry Unit Trust (IForUT) on a 100 hectare site at Toorlougher on the Tipperary/Limerick border.  The forest is part of IForUT’s forestry portfolio which is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).  Darryn McDowell, Oisin Meagher and Stacey Bradley jointly provided a really clear and interesting presentation using different stop points in the forest to illustrate all the key elements involved in getting certified and the issues and challenges involved.

Date:  Saturday 22 April 2017

Meeting Time:  11.00am

Venue:  In a commercial farm forest at Spahill, Borris, Co Carlow.

Pro Silva Ireland

Spring Field Day

(including launch of New ProSilva Practical Guide)

‘The first of our regular field days will be on a small farm near Borris, Co Carlow... The field day will include discussions on a number of different forest types and practical exercises in marking thinnings.

This event will also see the launch of ProSilva Ireland’s translation of a handbook on practical Continuous Cover Forestry management, originally published by ProSilva Wallonia in Belgium.

Dates:  Friday 5 & Saturday 6 May 2017

Venue:  Stradbally Hall Estate, Co Laois

Timber 2017

The Irish Forestry, Woodland & Bio Energy Show

We have received an invitation from the ‘Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department, who will be at this show with their own marquee and demonstration area highlighting their advisory, research and training services.

Date:  Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 September 2018

Venue:  France

ProSilva Ireland

Annual Study Tour

We are kindly being hosted this year by Marc-Etienne Wilhelm of ONF in France. 

The tour will be in the Alsace and Vosges region of eastern France...  There will be an emphasis on broadleaved (particularly oak) silviculture and we will see a range of sites with different high value hardwood species.  There will also be a session looking at irregular thinning of Douglas Fir in the Vosges mountains.  Marc-Etienne is one of Europe’s top silviculturalists who provides training for French foresters and different forestry groups from around Europe and we are honoured that he has agreed to host us.

We will be based in the town of Obernai, which is south-west from Strasbourg.  Places are limited.

To secure a place on this trip, please forward a €50 deposit to ProSilva Ireland’s Treasurer: 


As usual, with Pro Silva Ireland study tours, we will ask participants to organise their own flights and then we will share costs such as car hire on the trip.  Typically, we use budge accommodation and we will advise participants of the selected accommodation in due course

‘This year will see ProSilva Ireland at the Show, who will use the 2017 occasion to mark the official launch of the Wallonia CCF (Continuous Cover Forestry) Handbook.

It will also be an opportunity to further promote CCF in Ireland, to engage with foresters and forest owners and to discuss how CCF management can be applicable in different circumstances throughout Ireland.’

Similar to the last show in 2015 we plan to have an area with the marquee dedicated to forest owner groups.  We feel it offers an opportunity to highlight the existence of the many groups around the country and also to promote activities and services to potential members.

We hope that this section can be manned throughout the duration of the show by individual group members and we would like to invite representatives from each group (1 to 2 members per group) to ‘man’ the stand for a period of time (1 to 2 hours depending on feedback from groups).

We will be attending the show and be on the manned section (during Saturday - time to be advised).  We look forward to seeing you there.

Teagasc Forestry Development Department

ProSilva Ireland

Date:  Saturday 7 October  2017

Venue:  Moyrath, Kildalkey, Co Meath

Time:  11.00am (expected finish time was approximately 3.00pm)

Pro Silva Ireland

Autumn Field Day and Annual General Meeting

This is a private forest owned by Gerald Potterton, situated near the village of Kildalkey (near Trim).  The forest is managed by Gerald with the assistance of his forester Fionan Russell.

The focus on the day will be early management of 1st generation oak plantations. ...’

‘We will be joined on the day by the Head Cooper from Irish Distillers in Middleton, Co Cork.  Ger is a 5th generation cooper who has spent his life working with oak and knows the quality requirements of oak for coopering better than any. ...’

‘Participants should bring a packed lunch and be dressed for the outdoors!

For more details, please click on the following link:


Participants are advised to bring a packed lunch and be dressed for the outdoors.

Please click on the following link for more information on the ProSilva Spring Field Day and contact details:  ProSilva Ireland Spring Field Day 22 Apr 2017.pdf

The presentation and discussions clarified with real examples just what is involved and summarised the main benefits.  Darryn McDowell explained that forest certification ensures that woodlands are managed for the benefit of society, the environment and for best economic return.  There is an increasing requirement from investors to have woodlands certified and from sawmills to meet their market’s requirements.  The reality today is that sawmills must process 70% of their output from certified timber. 

The completion of a comprehensive forest management plan was highlighted as the central plank in achieving certification and should include details such as ownership, mapping, boundaries, species description/inventories, key features (such as historical sites, watersheds, etc) and planned forest management activities.  Once the plan is drafted, relevant stakeholders need to be consulted and given the opportunity to comment on the plan.  The Forest Service, Birdwatch Ireland, Inland Fisheries and the National Parks and Wildlife Service are particularly relevant to the Toorlougher site which borders a river upstream of a Special Protection Area and is also within a Hen Harrier Special Protection Site.  As a result, water management, brash management and the timing of any felling operations is crucial to meet the requirements of these parties. 

After the initial forest walk and discussion, the group had lunch in a lovely picnic area which had been set out for the field day.  This area also included display boards illustrating the management plans, records, certificates and all the maps and pictures of the site.  This information and the learning from the morning presentations and discussions brought the whole certification process together.  We were starting to better understand what the planned pilot project for our own woodlands in the North East would involve and deliver. 

After lunch, we were shown a 12 hectare site that had been windblown and replanted.  The importance of managing pine weevil, while also being mindful of requirements of chemical usage was discussed.  While managing pine weevil and aphids in the replanted wood is crucial, all chemical usage is very closely monitored under the certification process and detailed record sheets must be maintained. 

Brendan Lacey and Donal Whelan, respectively Chairman and Secretary of the ITGA, summed up the day and thanked all the presenters and organisers for their presentations and work in putting together a really informative and interesting day.  The organisation of the field day for NEFG by John Sherlock could not have been more timely as our own pilot kicks off in earnest this week.  The key message from the day to quote Darryn McDowell:

Don’t consider certification a burden, look to it as the road to success in forestry management.

Article written by Des Drew (Committee Member)

While there is no market premium for certified timber yet, this may change, and in the meantime growers can ensure continued market access by getting their forests certified.

Any replanting is done in consultation with Inland Fisheries and trees set back from the river as appropriate.  All of this work must be formally recorded.

A lot of the complexity and mystery that often surrounds forest certification had been removed and we were struck by how positive the presenters were when explaining the need for certification and the process itself.

At the last stop, we got the opportunity to see a harvesting machine and to discuss the various health and safety requirements, including the need for a safety coordinator, warnings about overhead lines and importantly the legal responsibilities of the owner.  Safety elements such as hazard maps, risk assessments and the qualifications of all personnel involved were strongly emphasised.

Date:  Wednesday 21 June 2017

Time:  7.00pm

Venue:  Loughlinstown, Ashbourne, County Meath

Whole Tree Harvesting Method of Forestry Thinning

Worrell Harvesting demonstrated the Whole Tree Harvesting Method of forest thinning at the forest of Ann and Brian White in Ashbourne, with a large number of North East Forestry Group members attending.

During the demonstration, Portlaoise based Worrell Harvesting processed a line of coniferous trees with their harvester, which gripped the chosen tree with an extendable arm, cut it off at the butt and

stripped the branches before cutting the log into three even lengths.  The obvious advantage was the speed at which the machine could harvest trees of all shapes and sizes, using sophisticated on board computers to measure the timbers.

Another advantage, is that the system allows for the entire tree, including the branch, to be collected, chipped and sold, which could significantly increase the volume of timber that the forest owner gains from the thinning process.  Kenneth Worrell claimed that this can increase the

volume of timber for sale dramatically, while also tidying up the forest plantation.

The members enjoyed Ann and Brian’s hospitality at the beginning of the demonstration, which allowed time for questions at the end of the demonstration.  There was a discussion as to whether the machine operation would be in a position to select the most suitable trees for thinning; whether such a large machine might compact the soil in the forest excessively, and whether it was wise to remove the branch from the floor of the forest.

Worrell Harvesting (please click here to find their details on our ‘Noticeboard’ page) discussed all of the above issues while making the point that forest owners should consider all options when it comes to thinning their forests.

Please click on the following link to read the thank you letter we received from Worrell Harvesting after our Forestry Thinning evening Worrell Harvesting Letter.pdf

Please click on the following link to see a short video of the harvester in action:

Wood Chip Pile

RDS Forestry Awards 2017

‘The RDS are pleased to announce the Call for Entries for the 2017 Irish Forest and Woodlands Awards.  With a prize fund of €15,000 the Awards highlight, celebrate and reward those who are employing the principles of sustainable forest management on their properties. ...

There are four prize categories for the Awards:

  1. Wood Chip PileProduction Forestry

  2. An introduction to chainsaw safety; advice on weed control and pesticides; we will also see examples of the various plantation methods and thinning systems used.  There will be an example of agri forestry  (spaced tree planting), which combines livestock and forestry in the one planation and is now being grant aided.Multipurpose Forestry

  3. Woodchip StoreTeagasc Farm Forestry Awards

  4. Forest RoadCommunity Woodlands

Application forms are available on the RDS website: or via e-mail from please click here.

Closing date for entries was 14 July 2017.

If you require any additional information, please contact the RDS Agriculture Foundation Department on 01 240 7608.

Dates:  August 2017

Venue:  Crerogue, Kilmessan

Bee Wise Garden Walks

  1. Forest just after Thinningobservation bee hive

  2. Forward Forestry Talkbee related talks and demonstrations

  3. Harvest Machinenatural trail through young forest with children’s activities

  4. Laois Sawmills components for garden panels along with fencing and other products.wildflower areas

  5. Wood Chip Pilehoney and jams for sale

Paddy, Claire and team of the Bee Wise Garden Walk wish to thank all those who came out to visit them during their two Open Days during Heritage Week.  The welcomes were warm with tea, coffee and a delicious selection of homemade cakes and biscuits.

They were delighted with the turn out and received great feedback from adults and families alike. 

One of the most popular items on the the two days was the honey demonstration (and tasting...yum!) where everyone got to see how the honey is extracted from the frames through the glass spinner.  You are, of course, able to buy their own honey and honeycombs.

Visitors were also given the opportunity to see the live bees in their observation hive, where everyone (young and old) were invited to ask questions.  It was very informative...they’re a knowledgable lot!  To see the bees working up this closely was fascinating.  The different amount of plants and flowers on display throughout the 5 acres of Oak and other hardwood trees was amazing.  The team have put in a tremendous amount of thought, time and hard work into their gardens, with some great ideas for your own patch.

Please have a look at Wise for more details - it’s well worth a visit!

Article written by Ciaran Buckley

Date:  Wednesday 8 November 2017

Venue:  Teagasc Office, Kells Road, Navan, Co Meath

Time:  7.30pm

North East Forestry Group - Annual General Meeting

Timber Valuing and Log Measurement Event

Demonstration of a Mobile Bandmill and Firewood Production

The North East Forestry Group recently held a timber valuing and log measurement day in Gainstown, Navan.  We had various displays, information and discussions on the day.

Teagasc representative, Kevin O’Connell, gave a very informative presentation on how to measure the cubic volume of a log at roadside to ascertain its value.  One randomly picked sawlog was measured and a value of €32.50 was put on it, based on current sawlog prices.  There would probably be some pallet log as well from this tree, so a value of up to €50.00 could be obtained for a carefully managed tree.  This gave forest owners an idea of how the careful management of a forest can add dividends on final crop values.  The harvesting costs and the forwarding to roadside have to be paid for out of this sale price and can vary with conditions and distance from roadside, etc.

Euroforest Ireland Limited (company details can be found on our ‘Noticeboard’ page) had a display of their operational methods, showing costs and sale values of each load along with their method of tracking timber loads from forest to final destination.

Noel Gavigan, from the Irish BioEnergy Association (IrBEA) explained how their Wood Fuel Quality Assurance (WFQA) scheme has helped various firewood producers produce a low moisture, well presented firewood product  This has a knock on effect of holding up prices of pulpwood by creating a demand in areas where there is no ready access to board mill manufacturing plants.  He also spoke of how on a recent visit overseas, he had met a forest owner who had turned down €11,000 for a walnut tree and was expecting to sell it at €13,000.  This is what we as forest owners want to aim for in quality timber.

Rowland Flower of Logosol ( gave a very informative demonstration on mobile saw milling of forestry timber.  He demonstrated a range of equipment which the average forest owner could afford, and with a small amount of investment could greatly increase the value of their forest sales. 

Finally, there was a working display of firewood and woodchip production and drying by Sherlogs Firewood, the venue host.  The members were showed how pulpwood is converted into firewood and stacked for drying in solar polytunnels.  This method of drying relies totally on the sun’s energy and wind flow.  Depots like this provide a local demand for pulpwood, which saves on transport costs, as well as being good for the environment.

There were 50 members of both the North East Forestry Group and the Westmeath Forest Owners Group.

Date:  Saturday 24 March 2018

Venue:  Sherlock’s Timber Yard, Gainstown, Navan, Co Meath, C15 HX82

Time:  11.00am

We were pleased with the attendance numbers of thirty members at the AGM.  Our retiring Chairman, Bob Gogarty, opened the meeting with a list of events which the North East Forestry Group had participated in during 2016/7.

He then introduced Declan McEvoy from IFAC Accountants.  Declan gave a very insightful presentation on all matters of forestry taxation and the most tax efficient methods of forestry transfer to the next generation.  His talk concluded with a question and answer section, where everybody seemed to learn something.

Des Drew gave a brief update on the Pilot Project for Forest Certification that 12 members of the Group are participating in.  He explained the very complex nature of the Project and he also, kindly, provided a handout on the evening.  The following link will take you to our ‘News’ page where a more detailed update can be found:  Forest Certification Update and New Website Launch

John Sherlock updated the members on proposals for upcoming events and the possibility of starting small sub-groups to focus on each separate forest operation.  This may help members get more information and possibly share the costs of particular operations which on their own may not be viable.  This subject will be discussed and at the next event in mid January (still to be announced).

Kevin O’Connell, our Teagasc representative, gave an update of forthcoming events and initiatives planned by Teagasc for the coming year.  Many thanks, again, to Kevin and the team at Teagasc for the use of the premises and the unending help they have given the Group.

Our Treasurer Gerard Doggett gave his report and once again we were breaking even.  It was decided to streamline the collections of subscriptions for the coming year.

Elections for the new Committee were held.  Bob Gogarty stepped down as Chairman after two years of unstinting service.  Bob will remain in the Group as a Committee Member.  The following link will take you to the ‘About Us’ page, where you will find details of the new Committee Members.

Article written by John Sherlock (Chairperson)

Chainsaw Training

In response to requests from members, we have arranged for chainsaw training courses.  The training will be provided in the Navan area by a City and Guilds trainer.  Each course can accommodate up to 6 participants.

Please click on the following link for more details:  Chainsaw Training.pdf

If you are interested, please send a text to John Sherlock on XXX XXX XXXX.

Date:  Early Summer 2018

Venue:  Navan area

The Group received a letter of thanks from Declan McEvoy who gave a presentation at the AGM.

Please click on the following link to see the letter:  Letter from Declan McEvoy.pdf

First Thinning Sub Group Evening Event

We were pleased to announce our First Thinning Sub Group evening event.

We are anxious to make these sub groups work, and the only way is for those who signed up to attend.  If numbers do not justify, we will cancel future events.

We will be meeting a number of harvest companies in the near future to see examples of their methods and costs for road grants, harvesting operations and selling of timber.

If you are interested in attending this particular event, on Tuesday 17th April, please contact:

Hugh McMahon on XXX XXX XXXX.

Date:  Tuesday 17 April 2018

Time:  6.30pm

Venue:  Edenderry

Please click onto the following link for more details:  ProSilva Ireland website.

Wood Fuel Software Workshops April 2018 (3 separate dates & venues - shown below)

‘The workshops are aimed at anyone with an interest in wood for energy.

It is particularly useful for farmers/forest owners, chipper and boiler manufacturers and suppliers, forest contractors, wood fuel suppliers, consultants, etc.

Date:  Tuesday 24 April 2018

Time:  10.00am to 2.00pm

Venue:  Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim

Date:  Wednesday 25th April

Time:  10.00am to 2.00pm

Venue:  The Kileshin Hotel, Portlaoise, Co Laois

Date:  Thursday 26 April 2018

Time:  10.00am to 2.00pm

Venue:  The Hibernian Hotel, Mallow, Co Cork

Limited to 20 participants, prior registration is essential.

Registration fee is €70 per person (normal cost of the software €100).  This includes a copy of the software package, USB key with supporting material and tea/coffee.’

For registration and payment details please contact:

Orla Cashen on telephone number XX XXX XXXX.

Forest Sector Development Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Please click the following for more details:  Wood Energy Workshop 2018.pdf

This event attracted 15 Society of Irish Forests CPD points.

20 Years A-Growing!

Celebrating Ireland’s Native Woodlands

National Conference on Native Woodlands

‘A comprehensive and in-depth conference on Ireland’s native woodlands, will take place over two days.

Organised by Woodlands of Ireland to celebrate two decades of work to restore, manage and create new native woodlands in Ireland.  Anyone with an interest in native woodlands - including landowners, farmers, the forestry industry, academics and environmental communities - is encouraged to attend.’

For booking and more information please click on the following link Native Woodlands Conference.pdf or visit

Date:  Monday 30 April to Tuesday 1 May 2018

Venue:  Glenview Hotel, Delgany, Co Wicklow

Forest Walk Kildare

Three year old Oak/Norway Spruce and one year old agroforestry plot.

Please contact Liam Kelly of Teagasc for more details on XXX XXX XXXX.

Date:  Monday 23 April 2018

Time:  7.00pm

Meeting Point:  Outside Parkes Nursing Home, Boycetown, Kilcock

(old N4 Kilcock - Enfield Road)

Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA) Field Day Invitation

(Management Planning, Scheduling Felling & Certification in Mature Woodlands)

‘The Irish Forestry Unit Trust’s Clonad woodlands, consists of over 500 acres of a diverse range of tree species and ages and was one of the first private forests in Ireland to achieve FSC Forest Management Certification.

Ongoing management will be outlined of these mature and semi mature woodlands, future management planning, including felling and timber sales procedures and the various measures and checklists required to comply with forest certification in harvesting and timber sales.

They will also look at the steps involved in preparing for a timber sale and measurement and sampling procedures employed to assess crop volumes.

As always, participants are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear, and also bring along a packed lunch.’

For more information on the days highlights and directions, please click on the following link:

ITGA Field Day Invitation (19 Apr 2018).pdf

Date:  Thursday 19 April 2018

Meeting Time:  10.15am

Meeting Point:  Meet at Clonad Woodlands, outside Tullamore, Co Offaly

Pro Silva Ireland April Field Day

‘We will be visiting the ‘Silent Bog Wood’, which is an area of old woodland that is currently being thinned.

The wood contains some of the best European larch in the country and is being used as a source of timber for traditional boat building and repair.  It is rich in other species such as oak, ash, beech, sycamore Douglas fir and understorey species such as holly and hazel. 

The wood is used for multiple purposes, including film locations, a forest school, riding trails, adventure races, etc.

The farm is also the location of Kiln Dried Hardwoods and we will see their processing and drying facilities and discuss these in the context of markets for products from CCF woodlands.’

For more details, please click on the following link:  ProSilva Ireland

Date:  Saturday 28 April 2018

Time:  11.00am

Meeting Point:  Belmont Farm, Bray, Co Wicklow (owned by the Brabazon family)

Forest & Environment Awareness and Careers’ Day - Open Day

Celebrating 30 Years of Forestry Training

‘This year, Teagasc Ballyhaise College, is celebrating 30 years of forestry training and education.  All stakeholders involved in the forestry sector agree, that education and skills training play a critical role for sustainable development.  Ballyhaise is the only College in Ireland providing courses to Level 5 and advanced Level 6 forestry and forest machinery operation.

On the day, representatives from different forestry and environmental agencies will be present to create an awareness of their roles and to outline career paths and options for second level students and the general public.  There also be static and working demonstrations....’

For more information on this event, please click on the following link:  Teagasc Ballyhaise Open Day

Information can also be obtained by phoning Ballyhaise College on XXX XXX XXXX.

Date:  Thursday 10 May 2018

Time:  10.00am to 3.00pm

Venue:  Teagasc Ballyhaise College, County Cavan

First Thinning and Ash Dieback (Chalara) Event

The North East Forestry Group, along with the Veon Forestry Company, hosted an event on Tuesday evening in Drumconrath, County Meath.  The met at the EMO Filling Station in Drumconrath at 6.30pm sharp.

Date:  Tuesday 12 June 2018

Time:  6.30pm (sharp)

Meeting Place:  EMO Filling Station in Drumconrath

Veon representative, Joe Codd, discussed various thinning methods, along with pricing structures.  We also discussed how Veon is dealing with Ash Dieback (Chalara) plantations.

As always, new members were welcome.

If you are interested in attending this particular event, please contact:

Hugh McMahon on XXX XXX XXXX.

Article written by John Sherlock (Chairperson)

Date:  Tuesday 20 November 2018

Venue:  Teagasc Office, Kells Road, Navan, Co Meath

Time:  8.00pm

North East Forestry Group - Annual General Meeting

New members were welcome.

Date:  Thursday 11 October 2018

Venue:  Teagasc Mellows Campus Athenry, Co Galway, H65 R718

Time:  10.15am to 1.00pm

In co-operation with Teagasc, this event focused on improving health and safety practices when harvesting and felling trees.


For more information on this past event please click here.

Date:  Tuesday 23 October 2018

Venue:  Ballyhaise Agriculture College, Co Cavan, H12 E392

Time:  convene between 10.00am and 11.30am

Teagasc, in association with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) organised a broadleaf event focusing on the management of ash.

This event provided an excellent opportunity for broadleaf owners to see at firsthand best methods and practices for the thinning of an ash crop.  Teagasc researchers and advisers highlighted:

HSA Event:  Forestry Safety Seminar 2018

Teagasc:  Ash Management Event

  1. Bulletthe management of ash

  2. Bulletmanagement options for ash dieback

  3. Bulletthinning systems

  4. Bullettimber production

  5. Bulletvarious timber uses

Dr Ian Short, broadleaf forestry researcher with Teagasc discussed a range of felling systems and thinning intensities on the day.

All forest owners with broadleaves and in particular ash were encouraged to attend.

The woodland tour took approximately 2.5 hours.

You were advised to take rain gear and wellington boots as all footwear will be disinfected.

All were welcome and the event was free.

For further details, please contact Kevin O’Connell, our Teagasc Forestry Adviser at Ballyhaise College, Co Cavan on XXX XXX XXXX or click XXXX to send him an e-mail.

Date:  Wednesday 7 November 2018

Venue:  Millstreet Country Park, Millstreet, Co Cork

Time:  11.00am

Cork Wildfire Co-operative Group (CWCG) in conjunction with Teagasc and the Forest Service  organised a KT-registered Upland Management Event, including a controlled burning demo.  CWCG participants included:

Teagasc:  Upland Management Event (including a controlled burning demo)

  1. BulletIrish Farmers Association (IFA)

  2. BulletTeagasc

  3. BulletForest Service

  4. BulletDepartment of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)

  5. BulletAn Garda Síochána

  6. BulletMuintir Na Tíre

  7. Bulletlocal authorities

  8. BulletCork Environmental Forum

  9. BulletCork Fire and Rescue Services

  10. BulletNational Parks & Wild Service (NPWS)

  11. BulletCoillte

For further details please contact John Casey, Teagasc on XXX XXX XXXX or click XXXX to send him an e-mail.

Date:  Friday 9 November 2018

Venue:  Convened at Tullamore GAA, O’Brien Park, Arden Road, Tullamore, Co Offaly, R35 XK35

Time:  arrive between 10.30am & 12noon

Attendees will visit the 2018 RDS Production Forest Award Winner.  The event will focus on the preparation and first thinning of Norway spruce within this 50ha forest, which was planted in 1999.

Teagasc advisers will discuss all aspects of preparing of thinning, while Dr Niall Farrelly of Teagasc will outline different methods of thinning Norway spruce and their impact on the development of the crop within an on-site research experiment.

This Norway spruce event will include stops and discussions on the following subjects:

Teagasc:  Conifer Management Event (preparation and first thinning of Norway spruce)

  1. BulletPlanning of thinning

  2. BulletThinning intensities

  3. BulletTimber quality and production

  4. BulletHarvesting machinery

For further details please contact Liam Kelly, Teagasc Forestry Adviser on XXX XXX XXXX or by e-mail by clicking XXXX.

Date:  Saturday 6 October 2018

Venue:  Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) Letterfrack, Co Galway

Time:  Tea/coffee reception from 10.30am.  Proceedings started at 11.00am

Pro Silva October Field Day 2018

‘Linking Pro Silva forest owners with added value markets’

‘This year’s Autumn Field Day will be held at the National Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design and Technology.

Directions:  The college is located in the village of Letterfrack, adjacent to Connemara National Park (please click here for the location).

Lunch:  A picnic lunch will be provided.

For further information, please click the following link:  PS Event Letterfrack (6 Oct 2018).pdf

Or, go to Pro Silva Ireland’s website by clicking on the following link:  XXXXXXXXXXX

Please click on one of the following links for information from the meeting:

North East Forestry Group Introduction Evenings in Cavan & Monaghan

Autumn 2018

North East Forestry Group - Knowledge Transfer Group

In autumn of 2018, the Forest Service announced funding for a series of Knowledge Transfer Groups (KTG) to be held.  The North East Forestry Group (NEFG) were successful in obtaining funding to host one of these groups.

The NEFG asked a number of local foresters to tender for the role of Facilitator.  Linda Coughlan of The Forestry Company was awarded the contract (Linda had worked on our Certification Project). 

The evening events were held near Navan and proved a great success with all participants actively engaged and discussing issues and concerns, along with gaining invaluable knowledge of their forest plantations and how to get the best return on their crop. 

Our Facilitator, Linda, was on-hand to guide our members through the intricacies of the various subjects from applying

  1. Bulletwhen to thin/harvest;

  2. Bullethow much timber to take;

  3. Bulletvalue of timber taken out; and

  4. Bulletamount of timber left after each operation.

Once again, Linda was invaluable in her help, and e-mailed each member all about the subject covered the previous night.

Two day events were also held:  The first was in Laois, which took place in the award winning Douglas Fir plantation (image shown to the right).

The second day event was held once again in Bob Gogarty’s plantation in Kilmainhamwood.  Bob has both softwoods and broadleaves planted, and once again, members were actively engaged in measuring plots and analysing the results at one of the later evening events.

Bob and Rena Gogarty again provided scrumptious refreshments after the event (group shown to the left).

The program finished just before Christmas 2018.

We had 17 successful applicants, who completed the 7 evening and day events.  The participants will each be paid €70 for each event attended.

for a felling licence, to inputting and interpreting information into Cofords’ Dynamic Growth model.  This computer accessible program will tell the owner:

Once again, Kevin O’Connell, from Teagasc, was on-hand to share his vast experience with us.

The North East Forestry Group has expanded into Cavan and Monaghan, following demand for representation for forest owners in those areas.  The Group hosted evening events to explain the benefits of joining the Group.

It is hoped that forest owners in Cavan and Monaghan will join the existing 61 members to gain valuable knowledge, which will help them get the best return from their forest planation.  The Group runs training courses, such as chainsaw and first aid; is the only private group of foresters to be certified by the FSC; hosts field days; and is supported by Teagasc.

The North East Forestry Group also hosted a Knowledge Transfer Program, where forest owners were paid to attend a number of events.  This was funded by the Forest Service.

Nearly 17,000 hectares of forest is planted in Cavan, making it the largest area of forestry in the Group, comprising of broadleaf and conifer trees.  Meath has 12,500 hectares of planted forest, and Monaghan has the third largest area of forest planted with 5,600 hectares, and throughout Louth there are 2,430 hectares.

At the evening events, North East Forestry Group Chairman, John Sherlock, along with other Group Members talked about the benefits of joining the Group, giving details of upcoming events and initiatives during 2019.  They also listened to issues that private forest owners have regarding their forestry.  Teagasc Forestry Advisor, Kevin O’Connell, was also in attendance.

These events were open to all private forest owners, regardless of plantation size or forest owners’ knowledge.

Date:  Tuesday 5 March 2019

Venue:  Teagasc, Ballyhaise College, Ballyhaise, Co Cavan, H12 E392

Time:  7.00pm

Date:  Thursday 7 March 2019

Venue:  Teagasc, Coolshannagh, Monaghan, H18 Y563

Time:  7.00pm

Continuous Cover Forest Management and Hardwood Timber Marketing Event

The program of events started in the hardwood/softwood plantation of John Sherlock, North East Forestry Group Chairman.  A hands-on workshop demonstration/explanation of the methods and advantages of the Continuous Cover Method of Forest Management for both hardwoods and softwoods was explained in simple layman’s terms by Forestry Consultant, Padraig O’ Tuama, who has vast experience in this type of forest management.

Members saw for themselves the method of marking trees before felling operations and were encouraged to do so on the day in specially prepared plots.  Also on-hand was be Kevin O’Connell, who is Teagasc Forestry Advisor for Cavan, Louth, Meath and Monaghan.  There was a representative of the harvesting contractor who is being engaged to harvest that particular site this summer.  And the financial and environmental benefits were discussed of this particular forest managements’ system.

Following the field section, the attendees returned to Sherlock’s Yard, where there was:

  1. BulletLive demonstrations of small scale sawmilling and finished timber production from small diameter hardwoods by Logasol Sawmill representative Roland Flower.

  2. BulletA & M Hurleys had samples of Ash tree butts and Ash boards which are used to produce hurleys.

  3. BulletThe Bearded Man from Navan explained how he uses FSC certified hardwoods to manufacture musical instruments.

  4. BulletThere was also representatives from the wider timber marketing industry to explain to members the wider possibilities of hardwood timber produced by our Members.

  5. BulletSherlogs Firewood explained and showed their Wood Fuel Quality Assurance (WFQA) approved firewood production facility, which uses solar kilns to dry their low moisture firewood.

Tea, coffee and sandwiches were provided.  Boots/rain gear was recommended.  Dogs were welcome, but kept on their leash.

The North East Forestry Group welcomed private forest owners, no matter how big or small their plantation, to join the Group - annual membership is just €30!  Non-members were welcome and could join on the day.  This was also open to the Westmeath Farm Forestry Owners Group.

We would like to thank the attendees for taking the time out of their weekend to join us, and also to all involved in making this day a very formative and enjoyable one.

Date:  Saturday 30 March 2019

Venue:  Sherlock’s Forest & Sherlock’s Yard, Gainstown, Navan, C15 HX82

Time:  10.00am to 4.30pm

The focus of the day will be the connection between Pro Silva forest owners and added value markets.  This will be a great opportunity for attendees to broaden their awareness of timber quality and utilisation issues.’

Date:  Saturday 27 April 2019

Venue:  Ballycullen Farm Woodland, Co Wicklow

Time:  10.30am (for 11am start)

Finish:  3.30pm (approximately)

‘An informative day to learn about the early stages of transformation to Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF) in farm forest conifer plantations with a leading Irish forester, researcher, educator, Ted Wilson and international forestry expert, Pavel Bednar, from ProSilva Bohemica (Czech Republic).’

Please follow ProSilva Ireland event signs from Ashford and Moneystown (these are the nearest towns/villages).  The closets eircode for Ballycullen Woodland is for Ballycullen Lodge, Co Wicklow (A67 RR83).  Please Note:  The woodland entrance is the next driveway up from the lodge and will be signposted.  Do not park at Ballycullen Lodge.

Lunch:  Participants should bring a packed lunch and be dressed for the outdoors.

As usual, at ProSila Ireland field days, there will be a collection of voluntary contribution (suggested as €20) towards the running of the field days and other events.’

Further details were shown on Pro Silva Ireland’s website.

Pro Silva Ireland Spring Field Day

Early Stage Transformation to Continuous Cover Forestry in Farm Forest Conifer Plantations

Date:  Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 June 2019

Venue:  Piedmont and Aosta Valley Region in North West Italy

‘This is a joint trip being organised between the Continuous Cover Forestry Group (CCFG) in the UK and Pro Silva Ireland.  We will be based in Turin.  Sites and topics included will be Mountain Conifer Forest Management, Forest Management in Natura 2000 Protected Areas, Management of Protection Forests, Wildlife Management, Forest Mechanisation and Timber Markets.

The cost of the trip will be €300 - excluding flights (which are to be booked and paid for by individuals attending) transfer to Turin and two evening meals.

Places are limited!  To secure a place, please send a deposit of €50 to Pro Silva Ireland to:

Manus Crowley, Treasurer, Pro Silva Ireland, 18 Marian Place, Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny.’

Please click here to visit their website for more details.

Pro Silva Ireland Members Overseas Joint Study Tour with CCFG UK Members

Silviculture on Steep Terrain

Date:  Saturday 28 September 2019

Venue:  Baronscourt, Co Tyrone

Time (with coffee on arrival):  10.40am

‘The Woodlands at Baronscourt reveal a pioneering commitment of the owners to adopt CCF management at the first Pro Silva Ireland day, with guest European forester, Hans Otto, almost 20 years on.  Baronscourt Woodlands are important, as they demonstrate the most developed continuously cover forest managed woodlands in Ireland.’

Participants were to bring a packed lunch and be dressed for the outdoors.

More details were to be found at Pro Silva’s website by clicking here.

Pro Silva Ireland Autumn Field Day

Developed Continuous Cover Forestry Managed Woodlands

With guest UK CCFG Forester Phil Morgan

Date:  Tuesday 9 April 2019

Venue:  Please click here to following the link.

Time:  11.00am for one hour

‘Teagasc ConnectEd will host a brand new ‘Spring Webinar Series’ from 11am to 12noon on Tuesdays.  Teagasc specialists and researchers will provide the latest updates on science, policy and practice.

All webinars will be interactive, allowing viewers to ask questions and contribute to polls.  The series will be of interest to anyone with an interest in agriculture.’

Teagasc ConnectEd LIVE - Spring Webinar Series

Farm Forestry, an important ally in the quest for agricultural sustainability

Date:  Tuesday 30 April 2019

Venue:  meet at McCaughey’s Daybreak, Drumganus, Broomfield, Co Monaghan, A75 YR90

Time:  7pm

Subject:  Management of Young Plantations

‘A nationwide series of forest walks.

This year’s series of forest walks presents an opportunity to see forest management in action.  Each walk will allow plenty of informal discussion on various management topics as encountered on owners’ own sites.

At these events, forestry experts from Teagasc and the DAFM will explain why it is essential to care for young forests.  It is very important to ensure that a young forest will perform well and that forest owners know what needs to be done each year.  This is also true if the management of the forest has been subcontracted out for the first four years.  After all, it is the owner that will benefit from well looked after trees!

The focus of these forest walks is on essential management in young forests.  However, medium to long-term management will also be outlined along with the various supplementary grant measures now in place to support forest owners in optimising their farm forest resource.

There is no need to register, just turn up at the meeting point with appropriate clothing/boots for weather and drive to nearby forest.’

These events are organised by Teagasc, in association with the Forest Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).

Contact your local Forestry Adviser for further details.’

Forest Walks in Monaghan and Cavan


Date:  Wednesday 8 May 2019

Venue:  meet at Spar Drumacon Service Station, Drumacon, Belturbet, Co Cavan, H14 YX95

Time:  7pm

Subject:  Management of Broadleaf and Conifer Plantation at First Thinning Age

Date:  Wednesday 10 July 2019

Participants were bussed to the nearby site from the meeting venue:

  John Lockes, GAA Club, Callan, County Kilkenny, R95 HF8A

  (the meeting venue was signposted locally)

Time:  arrive anytime was between 10.00am and 11.30am

Ash Management Event, Kilkenny

Teagasc, in association with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) organised a broadleaf event focusing on the management of Ash, which was held on a site managed by the Irish Wood Producers.

Timing is critical in broadleaf management and in particular for Ash.  Timely thinning improves the overall quality of the trees, because it allows for the removal of suppressed and diseased trees, while favouring the best quality trees.  Thinning usually is a combination of taking out some rows to allow for access and selectively thinning the inferior trees.

This event provided an excellent opportunity for broadleaf owners to see, at first-hand, best methods and practices for the thinning of an Ash crop.

Teagasc researchers and advisers highlighted the following topics:

  1. Bulletmanagement of Ash and broadleaves

  2. Bulletmanagement options for Ash Dieback

  3. Bulletthinning systems and Woodland Improvement Scheme

  4. Bullettimber production

  5. Bulletvarious timber uses

We, as a Group, considered running a minibus, leaving Shercock in County Cavan at 7.00am, then collected in Navan in County Meath at 7.45am, onto Callan in County Kilkenny.  We returned during the afternoon when the event ended, stopping for lunch on the way home.  Spaces were limited, you were to text John Sherlock on XXX XXX XXXX if you required a space on the bus.

The price of the bus was not confirmed until they found out if they received funding from Flexibus as they had in the past.

Dr Ian Short, broadleaf forestry researcher with Teagasc, discussed a range of thinning and management options on the day.

This Teagasc event was free of charge, all were welcome.  And, as always, as this was an outdoor event, suitable clothes and footwear were essential.

For further details please contact Michael Somers, Forestry Adviser Teagasc on XXX XXX XXXX.

Date:  Wednesday 16 October 2019

Venue:  Teagasc, Oak Park, Carlow, R93 XE12

Time:  Attendees are asked to arrive any time between 11.30am and 1.00pm

Forest Research Day, Oak Park, Carlow

The message from Teagasc was, ‘Join us at this free outdoor event and have the opportunity to see the role forest research has in contributing to addressing the challenges and opportunities across many aspects of forestry and forest management in Ireland.’

  1. Bulletbroadleaf tree improvement - Birch and Alder

  2. Bulletbroadleaf silviculture

  3. BulletAsh dieback resistance

  4. BulletConifer research projects

  5. Bulletcontinuous cover forestry

  6. BulletIntegrated Pest Management (IPM) of pine weevil

Date:  Sunday 25 August 2019

Venue:  Killegar, Carrigallen, South Leitrim

Time:  12.00noon to 6.00pm

Woodland Festival 2019 - Come see the wood from the trees.

Brought to you by Western Forestry Co-op’, this event was free and included the following:

  1. BulletTimber Tasks’ Tent, included

  2. -chainsaw sharpening and maintenance

  3. -tree planting and maintenance

  4. -tree health

  5. BulletWoodland Talks varying from

  6. -the environmental importance of trees, to the planting and care of our trees

  7. -tree identification

  8. -pioneer woodlands

  9. -native woodland management

  10. -timber mobilisation

  11. -wood fuel for energy

  12. -forest management

  13. BulletWoodland Walks

  14. -tree identification

  15. -mycology

  16. BulletWoodland Demos included

  17. -woodland improvement operations

  18. -small scale extraction

  19. -conifer thinning

  20. -mobile sawmill

  21. BulletWoodland Information Area included stands from:

  22. -Crann

  23. -the Forest Service

  24. -Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA)

  25. -Teagasc

  26. -Tree Council of Ireland

  27. -Woodlands of Ireland

  28. BulletWoodland Craft Area along with Food and Drink Area

  29. BulletFamily Events

For more information, please visit the Woodland Festival website by clicking XXXXXXX.

Date:  Sunday 15 September 2019

Venue:  Balgeeth Woodland, Kilmessan, C15 HRA4

Time:  12.00noon to 4.00pm

Family Woodland Walk Fundraiser

in aid of Kilmessan Oskars Hurling and Camogie Club Redevelopment

It might not have been the best weather that Martin Oakes had hoped for his Family Woodland Walk on Sunday, however, spirits were not dampened and everyone was welcomed with a smile, a cup of something warm and a slice of something sweet.

You can find Balgeeth Woodland on Facebook @BalgeethWoodland

For more information regarding the event:

Contact Frances McHugh on XXX XXX XXXX or to e-mail click XXX or visit

As this event was a Forestry KTG approved event - attending KTG groups were requested to attend at an earlier time.’

The North East Forestry Group were running a minibus with collections from Virginia at 7.30am and Navan at 8.00am (sharp) and returned from Carlow at the end of the event.

If you wished to avail of the minibus, you were to send John Sherlock a text on XXX XXX XXXX.  Spaces were limited, so early booking was advisable to avoid disappointment.

Some research topics highlighted were:

The event was enjoyed by all ages, especially the younger members of the family, with a labyrinth at the forest entrance and various fairy doors dotted around giving the forest an extra mythical feel.

Dogs were also welcome (of course on their leads) so it was a true family day.

There were plenty of information signs to encourage tree identification, and indications of what furry and feathered friends were close by in the forest surrounding us. 

Shown to the right here is a Ransome Trailed Plough,  which has been gobbled up by a tree.  This was in use circa 1930 and was towed behind a Fordson tractor.

As advertised, donations were welcome on the day for the Kilmessan Oskars Hurling and Camogie Club Redevelopment.  And although there were slightly lower numbers than expected due to the weather, Martin and crew were delighted to have raised a smashing €1,000.

A great achievement!

North East Forestry Group Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Date:  Wednesday 15 January 2020

Time:  7.00pm

Venue:  Teagasc Office, Kells Road, Navan.

Date:  Tuesday 21 January 2020

Venue:  Teagasc Office, Ballyhaise, Cavan, H12 E392

Time:  To book your appointment, please phone XXX XXX XXXX

Forestry Advisory Clinics

These forestry advisory clinics were for people who were considering forestry, or who were existing forest owners, had been organised by Teagasc’s Forestry Development Officer, Kevin O’Connell, in counties Cavan, Louth, Meath and Monaghan in January.

These one-to-one free consultations were being held as shown above.  For more information on these clinics, and how to book your appointment please click on the following link:  XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Please bring maps and other relevant information.

This is an ideal opportunity to get answers to your forestry questions - don’t miss it!

Date:  Thursday 23 January 2020

Venue:  Teagasc Office, Monaghan, H18 Y563

Time:  To book your appointment, please phone XXX XXXXX

Date:  Tuesday 28 January 2020

Venue:  Teagasc Office, Navan, C15 NR79

Time:  To book your appointment, please phone XXX XX XXXXX

Date:  Thursday 30 January 2020

Venue:  Teagasc Office, Dundalk, A91 PVW4

Time:  To book your appointment, please phone XXX XXX XXXX

Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA)

Replanting Field Morning

Organised by Western Forestry Co-op

Topics included:

Date:  Saturday 18 January 2020

Meeting Time:  10.00am

Meeting Point:  Drumcong Village, Co Leitrim, N41 CK74

  1. Bulletharvesting

  2. Bulletground preparation

  3. Bulletspecies selection

  4. Bulletmaintenance

  5. Bulletfuture management options including Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF)

For more information on this event, please contact Victor of Western Forestry Co-op on

XXX XXX XXXX or XXX XXX XXXX to register.

Date:  Saturday 26 September 2020 (PLEASE CHECK ALL DATES - COVID 19)

Venue:  Springfield Castle Woodlands, Drumcolliher, Co Limerick

‘This is a farm forest owned by Jonathan and Betty Sykes, planted in 1993 and 2000 largely with broadleaves.  The forest is in the Forest Service CCF scheme and has undergone two thinnings.  In 2015 Jonathan won the best newcomer award in the RDS Forest Service forestry awards.

As the hardwood log sizes have developed, following thinning, Jonathan has invested by buying a Logosol band sawmill to a try to add value to the best trees and many new ideas for potential products are being researched.’

More details can be found at Pro Silva’s website by clicking here.

Pro Silva Ireland Autumn Field Day

Date:  Thursday 21 October 2021

Venue:  Tullamore, Co Offaly

Best Practice Event - Thinning of Conifers

The Teagasc Forestry Development Department, in association with the Forestry Division of the  Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, invited forest owners to an important outdoor event focusing on the thinning management of semi-mature older conifer forests, to improve timber quality while maximising future financial returns.

To find out more information and to register please click here

‘Talking Timber - Teagasc’s popular annual timber marketing event is back!

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are coming to you online.  We aim to support forest owners in thinning their conifer forests, grow quality timber and sell it successfully: 

  1. BulletThinning conifers - adding values;

  2. BulletControlling the outcomes’

To read more about this online event, please click on the following link:  Talking Timber 2020

Virtual Talking Timber

Date:  Tuesday 14 July 2020

Time:  7.00pm


Stephen Clarke’s forest near Kells, Co Meath, was where the first event we as a Group held since restrictions of Covid-19 began.  We had full attendance of this pre-booked event.  It was limited to 15 members in view of the resent health crisis.  On-hand to go through the new Ash dieback treatment scheme recently announced by The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) was Teagasc Forestry Advisor, Kevin O’Connell.

This outdoor event was very informative, with Kevin giving an overview of what is a very complex scheme.

Ash dieback Treatment Grant Evening Event

Date:  Wednesday 29 July 2020

Time:  6.30pm

Venue:  Oristown, Kells, Co Meath

Forest Walks - Ash Dieback Information Evenings

We were shown some lesions (Kevin O’Connell has provided sample photographs of this shown either side of this piece) which are a vital requirement to access funding for treatment of the disease.

We also identified some diseased trees which had dieback in the crown of the tree, which curiously is not regarded as proof by the DAFM (Forestry Division) in deciding the level of infection the individual plantation has. 

The event closed as the dusk was drawing in along with the midgies.

On our way out, we saw a fantastic forest shelter (shown to the right here) which Stephen and his son, Stephan, are constructing using some crooked Larch trees from his plantation.  Stephen and Stephan showed us, that although forestry is a commercial enterprise, there are other forms of enjoyment/learning to be gained from forestry.

  1. BulletEvery forest owner with Ash planted will have Ash dieback in some form or other.

The main points that I gathered from this event are as follows:

Now is a chance for forest owners to make an informed decision on the future of their forest.  By doing this, they have a second chance to look at access into and through his forest for future forestry operations.

The North East Forestry Group are committed to helping Members make informed decisions in all aspects of forestry management.  We are holding a Knowledge Transfer Group (KTG) this autumn, which will cover Ash dieback in one of its modules.

Once again, thank you to Kevin O’Connell, Stephen and Stephan Clark for the time and effort they all put in running up to and during this informative event.

We then had a questions and answers section of the evening, which showed the concern that forest owners had regarding choices of both treatment and replanting options with regard to species to be used.

Kevin provided a handout on the evening, please click the following link for details:   Summary of Reconstitution and Underplanting Scheme.pdf

  1. BulletA detailed walk through the plantation is needed to access the level of infection.

  2. BulletA professional registered forester will be required to prepare the application and advise the forest owner of their options in treatment and replanting species choice.

  3. BulletGiven the devastation caused by this disease, it seems advisable to replant with a number of species which are compatible with both soil and growth of other trees planted.


Hardwood Focus 2020 WEBINAR:  Exploring markets for small-diameter broadleaves

Broadleaf species make up almost 29% of our forest area with most of our broadleaf farm forests planted in the last twenty years.

As our young broadleaf resource develops further, there is now a need for the development of market outlets for this new resource.  Teagasc research into potential end uses is ongoing. ....

The Hardwood Focus webinar was organised by Teagasc in partnership with the Limerick Tipperary Woodland Owners Group (LTWO) and support from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) through the Forestry Promotion Fund.

PRE-REGISTRATION WAS A MUST if you wanted to join the webinar on the day.

For more information on this event and to pre-register, please click on the the following link:  XXXXXX

Date:  Thursday 15 October 2020

Event Time:  11.30am (lasted one hour)

Venue:  Online

Teagasc, in association with the North East Forestry Group, organised two separate broadleaf forest walks, focusing on Ash Dieback.

Discussions on these evenings included:

  1. BulletReconstitution and Underplanting (RUS) Scheme

  2. BulletOptions for Growers

  3. BulletPotential Hurley Butts

  4. BulletFirewood

  5. BulletLegal Obligations Around Dangerous Trees

The Society of Irish Foresters, in association with the National Botanic Gardens


The Annual Augustine Henry Forestry Lecture

The agricultural industry is under pressure to deliver more carbon-neutral climate - resilient livestock systems.  There is also a clear need to diversify and increase tree cover on the island of Ireland.  In silvopasture, a form of agroforestry, wide-spaced trees have been shown to increase sustainable grassland utilisation while delivering a wide range of environmental benefits, including increased carbon sequestration.

The speaker (Dr Jim McAdam, Honorary Professor, Queen’s University Belfast and Chair, the Agricultural History Society of Ireland) outlined the evidence - largely gained on this island - for these claims and demonstrate the potential to use the flexibility of options of species and growth forms of trees and other woody species in pasture, hedgerows, and small woodlands to deliver more sustainable livestock, arable and horticultural systems.

Jim McAdam started the agroforestry research programme at AFBI’s research station in Loughgall, Co Armagh in 1989.  He was head of the Grassland and Plant Science branch in AFBI until retirement in 2018, is a past-Chairman of the Farm Woodland Forum and has participated in several national and EU agroforestry-based programmes.  His research interests revolved around the potential for silvopasture to help farmers move towards a carbon-neutral livestock industry in a climate-challenged environment.  He also has a background and ongoing interest in sustainable management of upland landscapes to sequester carbon and restore biodiversity and acts as an Environmental Farming Scheme facilitator for Ulster Wildlife in delivering a farmer-based environmental support group.

Date:  Thursday 25 March 2021

Time:  3.00pm

Venue:  Register for this webinar by clicking XXXX

After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

Agroforestry - Trees on Farms and Carbon Neutral Livestock System

The above event was worth 15 CPD points to those registered on the

Society of Irish Foresters’ CPD Programme.

The following two hour webinar was kindly forwarded to us by Kevin O’Connell, your Teagasc Forestry Development Officer.

Please click on the link to bring it up.  (Be patient, it will come up, then click on the play button in the centre of the screen):  Insights into Agroforestry in Ireland

UCD Forestry Students Webinar on Agroforestry

Up & Coming Events - Dates for your Diary

- don’t forget to pop a reminder in your phone!

First Evening

Date:  Wednesday 15 September 2021

Venue:  Trinity Island, Killeshandra, Co Cavan, H12 F2D0

Time:  6.00pm

Second Evening

Date:  Thursday 16 September 2021

Venue:  Shancor, Kilmainhamwood, Co Meath, A82 AW27

Time:  6.00pm

Further information was from either:

Kevin O’Connell, Teagasc Forestry Adviser on XXX XXX XXXX; or

John Sherlock, North East Forestry Group on XXX XXX XXXX

Due to COVID restrictions, booking was essential through Frances Ball by clicking XXXX.

As always, appropriate clothing and footwear was required.

Date:  Wednesday 3 November 2021

Time:  7pm

Venue:  The Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, Co Meath, A82 D2C1

North East Forestry Group Annual General Meeting

We held our Annual General Meeting much later than originally planned, due to Covid 19 restrictions, and we are pleased to announce, and welcome, the elected new Committee as follows:

  1. Derek McCabe

  2. John Sherlock

  3. Frances Ball

  4. Owen Cooney

  5. Peter Farrelly

  6. Ger Doggett

  7. Stephen Clarke

  8. Cathal Rudden

  9. William Woods  


Vice Chairman


Assistant Secretary


Assistant Treasurer

Committee Member

Committee Member

Committee Member

2022 Woodland to Workshop Programme

The North East Forestry Group (NEFG) are holding our 2022 Woodland to Workshop Programme.  This project is being fully funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).

  1. BulletMarteloscope

  1. Participants examined trees in a conifer and mixed woodland setting, and developed strategies to manage trees for quality and identify the various categories of useable timber.

  1. Teagasc, Oak Park, Co Carlow

  1. BulletTimber Beam Building

James Thomson of Thomson Timber Building, will demonstrate to participants on how to select suitable softwoods/hardwoods for timber beam building construction.

He will also give a practical demonstration on how to create a building from logs in Navan, Co Meath.

  1. BulletAn Introduction to Timber Sawing & Drying

Participants will have an opportunity to travel to GMIT in Letterfrack and see how timber is selected, sawn, converted and kiln dried for use.

Different tree species will be examined for their timber quality, strength and potential end use.

  1. BulletField Trips

  1. We will visit various building and craft workers who use locally grown timber.

  2. Also visiting Teagasc Ballyhaise College, Co Cavan and local woodlands, to look at common and alternative tree species and how they can be grown and managed to produce quality timber.

The project will sponsor four educational facilities in the counties represented by the NEFG.  Locally sourced timber will be provided to them to use in various items.  This will, hopefully, alert educational facilities along with future timber users of the availability of quality Irish timber.

A new website has also been commissioned and there will be a page showing the various tree species being grown by NEFG members with the objective of linking local timber users with local growers.  Two group members have already purchased small scale sawmills and kiln drying systems, so we will have the opportunity to sell our products direct to the end user.

The NEFG recognises that most of our members’ broadleaf and conifer woodlands are still relatively young and are some time away from producing quality sawlog.  This project will facilitate the creation of markets for the utilisation of smaller dimension hardwoods and softwoods from thinnings.

Our goal is to get a structure in place now, so we will be ready and in a better position to market our timber locally for a premium price.

  1. Local Business, Navan, Co Meath

  1. Took place on Wednesday 23 February 2022

  1. Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Letterfack, Co Galway

  1. Scheduled for April 2022

  1. Scheduled for May and June 2022

  1. Local Business, Woodlands and Teagasc Ballyhaise College

  1. Scheduled for July 2022

  1. This event will showcase the various items from the educational facilities, along with the viewing of a short video of the project from start to finish.  The new website will also be launched at the event.

  2. All participants, NEFG members and representatives from the educational facilities and craft timber users will be invited to attend.

  1. BulletCompletion of the 2022 Woodland to Workshop Project

  1. Scheduled for September 2022

Launched Wednesday 3 November 2021

Funded by:

The Programme can be broken down into different components as outlined below: