Tipperary open day is not to be missed Forestry awards launched
I am looking forward to attending the open day on Sunday, July 25 at Matt Fogarty's tree farm and nursery near Ballinderry, Nenagh, Co Tipperary.
For many years now I have benefited from Matt's advice and assistance, especially in the choice of broadleaves for planting around the farm and also as individual landscape specimens.
His mix of small woods and copses are an education to walk through and his advice is invaluable.
His nursery holds a wide range of both native and exotic species and he has visited woods and arboretums around the world, the evidence of which can be seen growing at Ballinderry.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn at first hand how we can all grow a wide range of wonderful trees, many we are not familiar with but which are well suited to our climate.
Forestry awards launched
The Irish Forestry Awards for 2010 were recently launched by the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Sean Connick.
The awards, which were launched at Donadea Forest Park in Co Kildare, are jointly sponsored by The RDS and Forest Service.
They aim to promote standards of excellence in the management of forests.
The 2010 Awards competition, which encompasses the island of Ireland, is now open for entries.
It is intended that the presentation ceremony for this year's awards will take place in October. Further details can be obtained from The RDS.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Connick said it was vital that forestry planting levels were maintained and, if possible, increased in order to provide a supply of timber into the future for both the processing and renewable energy sectors, as well as for the various non-timber benefits.
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