Joe Barry: The exploding deer population is bad news for trees – the damage they cause is so bad, it’s not worth planting anything

I need a deer cull to save my saplings

Menace: ‘The most recent planting we carried out is being ruined, with bark stripped and the tops of the broadleaves eaten and broken'. Photo: Roger Jones

Joe Barry

It is almost 30 years since I started planting trees on my farm in Meath. There have been many unforeseen difficulties over those decades which we managed to overcome.