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Saturday 10 December 2016

Superb Birr show at top of the tree

Joe Barry

Published 03/05/2011 | 05:00

The show at Birr Castle Estate is primarily aimed at the extensive and varied list of people who earn their living from forestry but there is lots of further interest to see at the wildlife and conservation association exhibits and other trade and voluntary stands.

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The woodland crafts section will include live demonstrations and craft items for sale.

The educational displays are of particular value to schools along with the information from those groups who have a broad interest in the wider benefits of woodland and its essential role in providing a habitat for so much of our wildlife.

Also on show will be the exciting Irish national tree climbing championship, charcoal-making demonstrations, axe throwing, wood turning, longbows, horse logging, stick making and other crafts including an example of hedgelaying by the Hedgelaying Association of Ireland.

Professional tree climbing has to be seen to be believed and the speed at which the contestants can ascend the most difficult of trees is quite astonishing. They also perform aerial rescue and demonstrate the full range of skills needed by those whose tasks require working with large trees. There are a number of exhibits and displays at the show that, because of their unique interest or innovative qualities or both, have already been featured in the pages of the Farming Independent during the past year.

D Plant horticulture are just one such business and provide fast-growing eucalyptus which are ideal for growing your own heating fuel on appropriate sites.

Forestry is now recognised as not only a significant industry in Ireland, employing between 16,000 and 20,000 people, but also contributing to our renewable energy and national climate change targets, while providing recreation and a range of environmental benefits. Birr Castle Estate will provide an ideal setting where contractors, farm foresters and the public can view harvesting and processing machinery working within woodland, enjoy the stands and displays and test the latest equipment for use in both large and small-scale timber and forest management and home heating.

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