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Why do we import so much expensive hardwood when we can grow quality timber ourselves?

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Versatile: Examples of innovative products designed and made by staff and students of GMIT Letterfrack, using hardwoods. Photos: Aoife Herriott

Versatile: Examples of innovative products designed and made by staff and students of GMIT Letterfrack, using hardwoods. Photos: Aoife Herriott

Versatile: Examples of innovative products designed and made by staff and students of GMIT Letterfrack, using hardwoods. Photos: Aoife Herriott

Ireland needs to start substituting imported hardwood with home-grown timber, a Teagasc forestry webinar was told.

Seán Garvey, a furniture design lecturer at GMIT Letterfrack, told participants that 95pc of the hardwood used in the Irish furniture industry is imported.


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