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Large attendance at the Forestry Information Evening in Kiltimagh 25th January

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Western Forestry Co-op were delighted the large attendance at the Forestry Information Evening in Kiltimagh last Wednesday.

It was great to see so many faces old and new, farmers and landowners considering forestry and existing forest owners interested in learning more about thinning and harvesting in their forest and how they go about it.

Of particular interest to many on the night were real examples of returns from 1st and 2nd thinning operations as well as clearfell and reforestation.

We also outlined case studies of full, part time and retired farmers on why they undertook forestry and how the income from forestry has complimented their existing farm enterprise.

Western Forestry Co-op looks after all aspects of forestry from considering your options to harvesting and replanting and everything in between. We will be holding 2 more Forestry information evening’s in Tubbercurry (Cawley’s Hotel) on Wed 1st February and Glenamaddy (Rafertys Oakland Hotel) on Wednesday 8th February.

We look forward to another great attendance and hope that local farmers, landowners and forest owners will be able to attend, for more information please call 071-9161458.


Information Evenings Jan - Feb 2017

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Western Forestry Co-op are holding a series of information evenings in the following places.

  • Park Hotel, Kiltimagh, County Mayo @ 8pm on Wednesday 25th January.
  • Focus Family Resource Centre, Killeshandra, County Cavan @ 8pm on Thursday 26th January.
  • Cawleys Hotel, Tubbercurry Sligo @ 8pm on Wednesday 1st February.
  • Rafterys Oakland Hotel, Glenamaddy @ 8pm on Wednesday 8th February.

The focus of the evening is to inform landowners, farmers and forest owners about the generous grants and benefits of forestry in the area. 

Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

Happy Christmas

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Happy Christmas From All at Western Forestry Co-op



Western Forestry Co-op are not sending out cards at Christmas but have chosen to make a donation of a “Tree Plantation” instead. We would like to wish all our customers, suppliers, and contractors a very Happy Christmas and New Year

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Press Release: New Training Course for Forest Machine Operators

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Minister Doyle Launches New Training Course for Forest Machine Operators in Ballyhaise Agricultural College - State of the Art Forestry Harvester/Forwarder Simulator

Press Release 9th November:

Andrew Doyle, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, today announced the development of a training course for forest machine operators at the Teagasc Agricultural College, in Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan.  The Minister also unveiled a new harvester/forwarder simulator, which will form an important element in the training.

Speaking at the announcement, the Minister said “A vibrant forestry sector provides an important source of revenue for the rural economy. The increase in timber production requires a trained workforce to enable harvesting, extraction and transporting of this timber. The training programme now being put in place will deliver recognised certification for students and is an important step in underpinning this sector”

The COFORD Report, “Mobilising Ireland’s forest resource”, noted that provision of a well-organised and structured training programme for harvesting machine operators is needed at national level in order to support high quality thinning operations and aid in the mobilisation of roundwood. The training programme now being put in place will deliver recognised certification for students to QQI and City and Guilds standards.  The new course, to be located at the Teagasc Agricultural College in Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan, will mean that students can learn these new skills here in Ireland rather than having to travel abroad.

Minister Doyle also highlighted the Forest Roads Scheme and his recent announcement about the provision of support for the adoption of Central Tyre inflation technology by timber hauliers as measures being taken by his Department to encourage and facilitate the mobilisation of the existing timber resource with the new forest machine operator course also contributing to that objective.

Concluding, the Minister welcomed the co-operation between industry representative groups and educators in the development of the training initiative and congratulated all of the parties represented on the Forest Machine Operator Training Group for their vision and commitment in bringing the project to fruition.

The lessons learned in the classroom and on the simulator can be taken to the next level on actual harvesters and forwarders. The commitments given by industry representatives will enable this continuity which will enhance the effectiveness and success of the course” said Minister Doyle.

Minister Doyle at department of Agriculture

Minister of State Andrew Doyle, T.D.,  at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, today announced the development of a training course for forest machine operators at the Teagasc Agricultural College, in Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan. Pictured with from L to R : John Kelly Principal ,Teagasc Agricultural College,Ballyhaise, Co Cavan, Marianne Lyons and Arthur Kearns , forestry department of Ballyhaise Agricultural College.

Source: Department of Agriculture.

Press Release: Opening of Financial Approvals for the Afforestation Schemes

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Minister of State Andrew Doyle Announces the Opening of Financial Approvals for the Afforestation Schemes

Press Release 21st September 2016:

Speaking at the National Ploughing Championships today, Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, announced that those forest owners with valid technical planting approvals may now apply for financial approval under the Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme.

Making the announcement, Minister Doyle added, “Since responsibility for forestry was assigned to me earlier this year, I have been encouraged by the level of interest in, and enthusiasm for, forestry among farmers and indeed other landowners. I believe that forestry is a viable land use option either on its own or in combination with other farming enterprises. As a Wicklow based farmer, I am no stranger to forestry and am well aware of its benefits as part of a diverse farming undertaking.”

The Minister continued, “The availability of establishment grants for the initial planting of the forest and premium payments for 15 years are widely known but are not the full story. Those contemplating forestry should also factor in the generous tax incentives for thinning and final harvesting so that both the medium to long term returns from forestry are taken into account and I believe that investment in forestry compares very favourably with investment in other enterprises”.

While noting the socio-economic benefits of forestry, Minister Doyle also highlighted that forestry is poised to play an important role in helping to meet the EU’s new proposal on emission targets to 2030 and the resultant importance for our environment that the current level of new forestry planting is not only maintained but increased year on year.

The Minister of State commented, in this regard, that “My Department, in close co-operation with Teagasc and an industry representative group, is in the process of drafting a new promotion plan for the sector. This will involve a co-ordinated approach by the industry as a whole, the core message of which is that forestry is a good option for farmers. This message, and an indication of this close collaboration between all elements within the forestry sector, is outlined in the new videos on forestry which are being shown on the Big Screen here at the Ploughing Championships.”

Minister Doyle concluded by saying: “I am aware of concerns about forestry in certain parts of the country but I can assure people that forestry can play an important part in the development of rural economies and that this can be achieved in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. My personal experience of forestry has been very positive and I would encourage all farmers and landowners to consider forestry as an investment”.

Source: Department of Agriculture

Sept 2016 - Forestry Service Promotional Videos

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Please see below a selection of videos to promote forestry recently released by the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine as shown at the Ploughing Championships 2016

Benefits of Afforestation Scheme

Forestry and Farming

Forests Benefit our Society

Tullamore Show - Sunday 14th August 2016

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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

Thomas J Loonam & Operations Manager Victor Barber

Operations Manager Victor Barber (right) presenting Thomas J Loonam his winning prize.

Bonniconlon Show - Monday 1st August 2016

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Western Forestry Co-op attended the Bonniconlon Show on Monday 1st August, a great day and great weather. Plenty of people called to the stand to enquire about forestry, attend the saw sharpening demonstration and enter the competition to win a chainsaw.

"Our Bonniconlon Winner"

Congratulations to competition winner Declan Haran - Cully, Charlestown County Sligo.

Marina Conway - Western Forestry CEO presenting Bonniconlon winner Declan Haran his chainsaw.

Western Forestry Co-op Harvester Joseph McManus is set up and ready for the show.

Please click HERE to find out more about Harvesting.


Joe McManus in full swing and generating plenty of interest.


Leitrim Farm success on display for Ministerial visit

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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. Sean is a suckler farmer and also works as a green keeper in the local Ballinamore golf club. The Minister (who is also a farmer and forest owner) and Sean were happy to discuss the benefits that forestry has been to their farm enterprises. Sean outlined how he took the decision to plant 25 acres of the wetter more marginal areas of his farm. Sean found that with the recent wet summers, this section of land was more and more difficult to graze each year. He contacted Western Forestry Co-op for advice on planting and species selection and after meeting on site and agreeing a plan; Western Forestry Sean Creamer Minister of State Mr. Andrew Doyle and Marina ConwayCo-op submitted an application for approval to the Forest Service. Sean’s father and grandfather had a great interest in trees and Sean had a preference for a mixture of broadleaves and diverse conifers to plant on the land. Sean is delighted with how the trees are thriving in an area where he found it very difficult to grow grass and was delighted with the additional benefit of receiving his single farm payment and forestry premium on the same land. Western Forestry Co-op has dealt with many farmers and landowners in Leitrim who are happy with their decision to plant, indeed some of these who planted in the late 80’s and early 90’s are now reaping the rewards through both thinning and clearfell income

ranging from €7,000 - €10,000 per acre at clearfell, which is income tax free. This income from harvesting is being used by these farmers and landowners to invest in other areas of the farm and assist in buying other land. Forestry is not for everyone, but for many it is proving to be a viable land use providing an alternative income on marginal land. When a local landowner plants some of their land, the income from the forestry premium and harvesting will be spent in the area, which will in turn benefit the local community. Marina Conway, Western Forestry Co-op CEO and a Sligo native, says that their Co-op ethos is to help local farmers diversify their land uses when it is beneficial and thereby retain the valuable forest industry and its benefits for the local farmers. The alternative is often that land is sold to external pension funds and the short and long term benefits leave the area.

Left to right: Monica Cooney Mohill office Western Forestry Co-op, Minister of State for Forestry Mr Andrew Doyle TD, Marina Conway CEO Western Forestry Co-op, Colm Gilheaney Forester Western Forestry Co-op

Leitrim One Call to Success

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Western Forestry Co-op are featured in a promotional video “Leitrim One Call to Success”. The video produced by Leitrim.ie promotes businesses that are very active within the County.

Marina Conway CEO of Western Forestry Co-op explains why Leitrim is the second most forested County nationwide and has led to the creation of many local jobs.

Leitrim.ie states that Leitrim has a very active forestry sector. Approximately 17% of the County is forested compared to the national average of 11%. The soils and climate of Leitrim are very well suited to planting, as it is rich in mineral gley; surface water gley; and brown poolzolic soils. Please click HERE for article on Leitrimbusiness.ie

Leitrim Business Event at The Intercontinental Hotel , Dublin. from duignan media on Vimeo.

Forest Fire Danger Alert!

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Circular no. 09 of 2016 Issue date:  25/05/2016

Forest Fire Danger Rating

Orange Alert

Condition Orange - High Fire Risk

Be Prepared

Be Insured


Warning Effective From:  1200hrs 25/05/2016
Effective Period Expires: 1200hrs 07/06/2016

Arising from projected high pressure dominated weather patterns and impacts of this weather on the flammability of fine fuels a High Fire Risk (Condition Orange) is deemed likely to exist in coming days in all areas where such fuels are present in proximity to forests and other assets.  A further risk element is involved due to the oncoming June Bank Holiday weekend, and expected increases in human risk activity in high fire risk areas over this period.

Pending significant rainfall, this risk condition will remain in place until 1200hrs on 07/06/2016 unless otherwise stated by the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
All forest owners and managers are again advised to prepare for likely outbreaks of fire. Fire lines, Fire Plans, fire suppression equipment should be reviewed and made ready and other relevant contingencies such as insurance, helicopter contracts etc., checked and confirmed.  
The need for increased vigilance at this time cannot be overstated. Forest owners, farmers, rural dwellers and other countryside users are asked to be extremely vigilant regarding fire activity, to report any suspicious or illegal activity to the Gardai and to report all fires immediately to the Fire and Emergency Services via 112/999.  
Fire patrols are advised in known fire hotspots.
The Department recommends that forest owners and managers should consider the fire mitigation measures that they can put in place to help prevent loss or damage to forest resources through fire. Examples of such measures are: 

1.Risk assessment:
Assess your property with regard to fire risk and mitigation factors. Is there a risk of fire or presence of hazardous fuel vegetation on neighbouring lands? Is there a history of land burning in the vicinity of your forest? Are access routes adequate, accessible and clear of obstructions?  Is there a firebreak in place and has it been adequately maintained?




Is Your Forestry Insured?

Western Forestry Co-op manages a group forest insurance scheme since 1988. The Co-op designed and administers the group scheme to provide the best value for forest owners*

There are four elements to our insurance policy:

  • Sum Insured - Cover for the loss of growth in the value of your forest
  • Reconstitution - Cover for reinstating your forest. Cover for (cultivation, trees, fencing, fertiliser etc.)
  • Fire Brigade - Cover for fire brigade call out charges
  • Public Liability - Cover for legal liability in case of injury caused to members of the public arising from your forestry activities. Forest owners can opt to insure for sum insured and fire brigade only or include reconstitution cover and public liability

Example Premium:
6 ha forest in Year 1 to include cover for sum insured, Reconstitution, Public liability and Fire Brigade from as little as €90.00

*Underwritten by FBD Insurance Ltd.

For a competitive quote, please contact Sarah on 071-9161458, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or simply click HERE to request a quote.

Information regarding our schemes:

Group Forest Insurance Scheme
Public Liability Cover
Request a Quote
Insurance FAQ


Our Location

Western Forestry Coop
ICOS House
Finisklin Road

Contact Details

Telephone: +353 (0)71 9161458

Email: info@westernforestrycoop.ie