Critical time of thinning, tending and respacing of young ash plantations
Wednesday 17 September 2008
Community Centre, Cappamore, Co Limerick
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
(there will be a number of group departures from the meeting point)
From Annacotty take the R560 to Cappamore.
From Tipperary take the main Limerick road to Pallas Green and turn right here to Cappamore. From Thurles go to Dundrum and take the road to Cappawhite on to Doon and the next town is Cappamore.
Dr Ian Short, Toddy Radford, Michael Somers and Liam Kelly (Teagasc), John Madden (Forest Service) and John Fennessy (COFORD).
(Prof. Joyce, Emeritus Professor of Forestry, University College Dublin, will also be in attendance).
As the young broadleaved plantations established since the mid nineties develop, the need to commence active management is critical to the protection and development of the future value of the crop. This is particularly important with fast-growing broadleaves such as ash.
The programme will open with a discussion on the correct time to start the first thinning of broadleaves, especially ash, and the important issues to be considered at this time such as access etc. This will be followed with a practical hands-on demonstration of a first thinning. A number of plots have been laid down on this ash site which was planted in 1995. Participants will initially be shown the process of marking of ash for first thinning with identification of potential crop trees and subsequent marking of competitors to be removed. Participants will then be given an opportunity to carry out a selection thinning. The session will conclude with a visit to a plot which has recently been thinned.
(The kind co-operation and permission of the forest owner is acknowledged and this field day is recognized as part of the Society of Irish Foresters CPD programme).