Tending and thinning of young ash plantations
COFORD/Teagasc/Forest Service Field Day
Date:Wednesday 9 April 2008
Meeting Point: Ringtown GAA Club, Whitehall, Castlepollard, Co Westmeath.
Meeting Time: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (there will be a number of group departures from the GAA hall)
Directions: Ringtown GAA Club is in Whitehall, Co Westmeath, which is approximately 15 km from Mullingar and 7 km from Castlepollard along the R394. Ringtown GAA Club is on the left when travelling from Mullingar. Please see Teagasc signage as you approach the Ringtown GAA Club (due to parking limitations bus transportation will be provided from GAA Club to and from the site).
Leaders: Dr Ian Short, Toddy Radford, Kevin O Connell and Liam Kelly (Teagasc), Seamus Dunne (Forest Service) and John Fennessy (COFORD). (Prof. Huss, Emeritus Professor of Silviculture, Freiburg University, Germany and Prof. Joyce, Emeritus Professor of Forestry, University College Dublin, will also be in attendance).
The commencement of active management in young broadleaved plantations is critical to 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 optimum time to commence tending and first thinning of ash and the associated important issues to be considered at that time, e.g. Felling Licenses and forest roads. This will be followed by a practical demonstration of the tending of ash. A number of plots have been laid down on this ash site which was planted in 1995. Participants will be shown the process of marking ash for tending with identification of candidate potential crop trees and subsequent marking of stems to be removed including competitors, wolves and diseased stems. The session will conclude with a visit to a plot that has recently been tended.(The kind co-operation and permission of the forest owner is acknowledged and this programme is recognized as part of the Society of Irish Foresters CDP programme).