Foliage from Forests
Foliage from Forests - a growing opportunity
An in-depth two day seminar and field visit programme
Around the world forest foliage is a growing market sector. It is also a growing business in Ireland, and while it is predominantly limited to the Christmas period, year-round uses are also rapidly growing. Forest foliage has been traditionally used as a filler in bouquets, but use in its own right is increasingly part of the trend for all things wild and natural. In fact, many floral artists now use forest foliage on its own to make attractive, saleable arrangements. Overall, collection and production of foliage from a range of trees and shrubs presents an exciting business opportunity, well suited to the Irish climate. To address these opportunities, COFORD is organising the first ever national seminar on foliage from forest crops. The event will showcase the wide range of foliage products that can be sourced from Ireland's forests. Time will be available for one-to-one discussions with speakers during the demonstrations and expert clinics.
The programme for the event is:
Thursday 18 October: seminar at the Hotel Kilkenny, Kilkenny with the following presentations (click on title to download presentation):
Trends in Forest Foliage Development (pdf 2,612Kb) - Roland Boers, Forest Produce Holland
Review of COFORD forest foliage project: Can growers benefit? (pdf 2,819Kb) - Amy Costello, GMIT and Andy Whelton, Teagasc
Keynote address: Supplying the chainstores - Key factors for foliage producers (pdf 49Kb) - Dr Simon Pearson, Winchester Growers
The production of lodgepole pine foliage (pdf 1,603Kb) - Fergus McCaffery, West Coast Forestry
Introduction to the demonstration session - Bill O'Brien, Foliage Ireland Group
Demonstration - Forest foliage in floral design - Richard Haslam, designer florist and Roland Boers, Forest Produce Holland
Display of forest crafts
Friday 19 October: field visits to foliage production and processing facilities in Co Wexford. Bus will depart from Hotel Kilkenny at 09:30 am and return by 5 pm.
Attendance at the conference (including refreshments and lunches) is subject to a registration fee of 50.00 per person for day 1 only, and 80 for both days.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD BOOKING FORM (pdf 292Kb)