Gerard Dunne, our forester in the Cavan/ Meath area, invited local forest owners to understand the benefits of thinning their forestry. Gerard had plots cut into the forestry to show the tree's that would be removed and the light that would enter the crop as a result of opening up the canopy.
A forest road that had been fully grant aided by the forest service was in place and allowed the visitors to drive into and park at the forest. This road is constructed to provide the best access to the timber hauliers collecting harvested material from the forest.
Gerard went on to explain the thinning process and how Green Belt carefully monitors the volumes being extracted and the products beng removed. The focus of the forest owner should always be on the final crop, and we are there to support this view.
Green Belt manages forestry all over Ireland for private and institutional clients and as part of this service, we harvest in excess of 135,000 tonnes of material annually. We are focussing on increasing this volume as the private estate matures, and Green Belt are dedicating more resources to this enterprise in terms of staff and technology.