Western Forestry Co-op has 30 years experience in advising landowners on forestry. The Co-op was established in 1985 by the Dairy Co-operatives in Western Counties in response to a need for support services for landowners considering forestry. Since that time the Co-op has afforested thousands of acres along the Western seaboard and is the largest and longest established forestry co-operative providing professional forestry services that include forest establishment, forest management planning, harvesting, forest roads and a forest insurance scheme.
The Co-op ethos of strength, transparency and openness are our foundation. The needs of forest owners and the advantages of forestry in rural communities are the foundation of the Western Forestry Co-op. Our team of professional foresters have vast experience in all aspects of forest management and our forestry development advisors are available locally.
Tullamore Show - Sunday 14th August 2016
Western Forestry Co-op attended the Tullamore Show on Sunday 14th August. A great time was had by all. The sky was cloudy but thankfully the rain stayed away and the temperature steadied at around 20 degrees.
Once again, plenty of people called to the stand to enquire about forestry. Our Harvester Joe McManus was very popular with many people watching his chainsaw sharpening demonstration, and enter our free draw to win a chainsaw.
“Our Tullamore Winner”
Congratulations to competition winner Thomas J Loonam – Attinkee, Banagher. Co. Offaly
Western Forestry Co-op Operations Manager Victor Barber (right) presenting Tullamore winner Thomas J. Loonam his chainsaw.
VIP visit to our stand at the Tullamore Show.
In picture (left to right) Colm Gilheaney - Forester (Leitrim/Cavan/Longford). Victor Barber - Operations Manager. Noreen Barrett - Financial Manager. , Andrew Doyle TD -Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture. Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD - Minister for State in Health Promotion.
The big debate!
Colm and Joe debating on whether that is a calf or a bull in the other field. Joe is sure it’s a calf, Colm isn’t quite sure and is getting ready to run.
Leitrim Farm success on display for Ministerial visit
In July the Western Forestry Co-op was delighted to welcome Minister of State for Forestry Mr Andrew Doyle TD to Leitrim where he visited an afforestation site planted by Western Forestry Co-op (by local co-op forester and Ballinamore native Colm Gilheaney) for local farmer Sean Creamer outside Ballinamore, Co Leitrim. The Minister was attending meetings in Drumshanbo with local farmers to discuss issues relating to forestry and farming in the county.
Minister’s visit to Sean Creamer forest from left to right Sean Creamer local farmer & forest owner,
Minister of State for Forestry Mr Andrew Doyle TD, Marina Conway CEO Western Forestry Co-operative
David Doherty Testimonial
"His planning, organisation and the way the workforce operated was extremely professional and precise". David Doherty - July 2016