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Monday 5 December 2016

Benefits of trees flagged up in Co Clare events during October

Published 20/09/2011 | 05:00

Foresters in the southwest are in the right region for sourcing information next month.

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The IFA, Teagasc, the Forest Service, Coillte and the National Parks and Wildlife Service have teamed up to host a series of forestry events in Co Clare during the month to promote the many benefits of forests both commercially and environmentally.

The list of visits will kick off with a family day on National Trails Day on Sunday, October 2, with guided walks through the beautiful woodlands at Attyslany. This woodland, associated with limestone pavement, is a Special Area of Conservation with a very high nature value.

The county library will play host to the Healthy Forests, Healthy People exhibition provided by Coillte. To learn more about the environment and forestry, drop into Clare County Library to view the exhibition from Monday, October 3.

A number of local schools have been chosen to participate in specialised biodiversity walks taking place in Dromore Woods as part of National Tree Day. These walks have been organised by the National Parks and Wildlife Service in association with the Tree Council of Ireland.

Teagasc, Seed Savers and Celt have come together to demonstrate the importance of tree and orchard planting and management on Tuesday, October 18.

Several workshops and information sessions on thinning forestry have been organised by Teagasc, the Forest Service and the IFA to help owners to thin and market their timber successfully.

The IFA will host a public meeting on Wednesday, October 5, while on Monday, October 10, Teagasc and the Forest Service have organised a thinning workshop for members of Forest Owner Groups.

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The following day Teagasc, in association with the Forest Service, will showcase steps to thinning and marketing your timber, focusing on the first and second thinning of a farm forest.

Finally, business owners will get the opportunity to learn more about wood fuel as an alternative and renewable heating solution, with a case study and venue being organised by Clare County Council on Wednesday, October 19.

Clare Local Development Company and Limerick Clare Energy Agency are combining to provide speakers and demonstrations on the subject of wood chip as a fuel on the same day.

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