National forestry demo

Teagasc and the Forest Service are organising National Farm Forestry Demonstrations on the planting and management of farm forests in Aughnacliffe, Co. Longford and Drumcollogher, Co. Limerick on Tuesday, 23 October and Friday, 26 October respectively. Dr Nuala Ni Fhlatharta, head of Forestry in Teagasc said: ‘There has never been a better time to consider forestry than now. Very attractive grants cover the full cost of forest establishment and annual payments of up to €774 per hectare tax free for twenty years are available to REPS farmers participating in the exciting new FEPS scheme. In addition, most farmers can plant and retain their full Single Farm Payment.’ The Teagasc forestry expert said: ‘While these payments are very attractive, farmers are also growing a very tax efficient and valuable timber crop on the farm. Not only is forestry financially very attractive but due to the lower time requirements, it will also give the farmer more time to farm. Farmers should take stock of their farms and consider other on-farm enterprises such as forestry.’ The upcoming farm forestry events will include live demonstrations on ground preparation, fencing, and planting. Early management of the young forest will be discussed along with the new FEPS scheme for REPS farmers. Comprehensive information will be provided on all forestry schemes. The Longford event will take place on Tuesday, 23 October at the Columcille Community Centre in Aughnacliffe, while the Limerick event will take place on Friday, 26 October at the Drumcollogher Broadford GAA Centre in Drumcollogher. Dr Ni Fhlatharta said: ‘These are important events if are considering forestry as an additional farm enterprise or if you have planted trees recently.’ For further information contact your local Teagasc office, or log on to www.teagasc.ie.