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What to do if your young trees are damaged by spring frost — and how to get grant aid to cover the costs of losses

Late frosts can do severe damage to young woodlands, requiring formative shaping or even replanting

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Cold comfort: Financial support has been introduced to assist forest owners impacted by frost damage. Sitka spruce (pictured here) and oak tend to be hard hit. Photos: Teagasc

Cold comfort: Financial support has been introduced to assist forest owners impacted by frost damage. Sitka spruce (pictured here) and oak tend to be hard hit. Photos: Teagasc

Frost damage on young oak saplings can severely impact on future timber quality. Formative shaping is vital

Frost damage on young oak saplings can severely impact on future timber quality. Formative shaping is vital

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Cold comfort: Financial support has been introduced to assist forest owners impacted by frost damage. Sitka spruce (pictured here) and oak tend to be hard hit. Photos: Teagasc

Severe winter colds will rarely damage trees in Ireland, but late spring and early summer frosts can be very detrimental.

Landowners who planted a forest in the last few years will remember (with dread) the severe late spring frosts of May of 2019, 2020 and 2021.


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