On Saturday the 16th of August Western Forestry Co-op had a stand at the Roscommon Agricultural Show.
Co-op Forester Patrick was on hand to provide information and answer any questions about forestry.
There was a lot of interest from local landowners about the prospects of planting marginal land and the benefit of doing so. Patrick explained how landowners could earn on average €200/acre/year income tax free as well as being able to claim their full Single Farm Payment on planted land.
There were many existing forest owners there on the day interested in thinning and harvesting in their forests. Patrick explained the necessary steps for harvesting i.e. felling licence, roading access etc, as well as the grants which are available to assist with forest management such as roading. Patrick has arranged to meet with some forest owners to visit these plantations.
The show was a great success all the trades stands, spectators and contestants in the many competitions taking place on the day.