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Teagasc has organised a nationwide series of personalised Forestry Advisory Clinics between 21 January and 1 February 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.

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 or consult the table below:

CountyLocationEircodeDateContact for appointment
CarlowOak ParkR93 XE12Wednesday 23 January059 9183555
CavanBallyhaiseH12 E392Thursday 31 January049 4338300
ClareEnnisV95 R889Thursday 24 January065 682 8676
ClareKilrushV15 C928Wednesday 23 January065 9051189
CorkKanturkP51 YR8ETuesday 22 January029 50886
CorkMacroomP12 TX32Wednesday 23 January026 41604
CorkMoorepark, FermoyP61 C997Thursday 24 January025 42244
CorkSkibbereenP81 AR23Thursday 31 January028 21888
DonegalBallybofeyF93 R853Tuesday 22 January074 9131189
DublinKinsealyD17 K231Tuesday 22 January01 8459000
GalwayBallinasloeH53 HX21Wednesday 30 January090 9642456
GalwayTuamH54 VE86Friday 01 February093 28123
KerryKillarneyV93 W935Thursday 31 January066 7125077
KerryListowelV31 N971Friday 01 February066 7125077
KerryTraleeV92 V0HTWednesday 30 January066 7125077
KildareNaasW91 HP38Tuesday 29 January045 879203
KilkennyKilkennyR95 RX30Tuesday 29 January051 898137
KilkennyMullinavatX91 YW32Monday 28 January056 7721153
LaoisPortlaoiseR32 CF21Wednesday 23 January057 8621326
LeitrimMohillN41 W580Thursday 24 January071 9631076
LimerickKilmallockV35 X012Tuesday 29 January069 61444
LimerickNewcastle WestV42 D603Monday 28 January069 61444
LongfordLongfordN39 T180Thursday 31 January043 3341021
LouthDundalkA91 PVW4Thursday 24 January042 9332263
MayoBallinaF26 NY96Friday 25 January096 22077
MayoClaremorrisF12 Y0T4Tuesday 29 January094 9371360
MeathNavanC15 NR79Tuesday 22 January046 9021792
MonaghanMonaghanH18 Y563Tuesday 29 January047 81188
OffalyTullamoreR35 TP60Monday 21 January057 9321405
RoscommonCastlereaF45 NW99Wednesday 23 January094 9620160
RoscommonRoscommonF42 XC63Tuesday 22 January090 6626166
SligoBallymoteF56 A585Wednesday 23 January071 9183369
TipperaryClonmelE91 Y394Tuesday 22 January052 6121300
TipperaryNenaghE45 H240Monday 21 January067 31821
TipperaryThurlesE41 AK40Friday 25 January0504 21777
WaterfordDungarvanX35 PF60Tuesday 29 January058 41211
WestmeathMullingarN91 PK10Friday 25 January044 9340721
WexfordEnniscorthyY21 ED27Thursday 24 January053 9239210
WicklowTinahelyY14 AN20Friday 25 January0402 38171

Counties and locations in alphabetical order.