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Time to cash in by harvesting hurley butts

Hurley butts are reputedly the most expensive timber on the market and the best are fetching up to €500/m3. I only recently discovered for myself just how valuable they can be, especially if we harvest and plank them ourselves.

When thinning ash, the simplest and most straightforward solution is, of course, to sell the butts standing in the woods direct to a hurley maker and let him do the hard work. However, the gap between the price of the butt standing and the price when it is planked and ready for sale can often make doing it yourself very worthwhile.

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