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, 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 options in relation to forest establishment with a range of 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. 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.”
The consultation with your Teagasc forestry advisor will provide advice on a number of relevant issues including:
- 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 can also avail this service.
For further details regarding booking a consultation, visit www.teagasc.ie/forestryclinics