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Wednesday, 02 September 2015 09:53

Teagasc Talking Timber Events

Teagasc are hosting their annual Talking Timber events again this year. Read More

At these live demonstrations and presentations, you will learn first hand about the value that exists in your forest and the benefits of thinning and managing your plantation through to clearfell.

Like any crop or asset you own, the more you are involved and understand about the entire process, the better you will be able to make informed and worthy decisions and ultimately make the most you can from your timber.

Dates are 8th of September in the McWilliam Park hotel, Claremorris and the 15th of September in Mount Wolseley Hotel, Co Carlow. The Talking timber events begin at 9:30 am and finish by 2 pm.

The Teagasc link to the event is:

We'll see you there.

Published in Green Belt Blog
Thursday, 05 March 2015 15:09

Teagasc reforestation demo in Clare

Green Belt atended the Teagasc reforestation event in Feakle on March 4th.

At this event, there were showcases of the quality work completed by Liam Cleare, now of Green Belt, who harvested and clearfelled the site for Denis. It was a high yielding site and an average tree size of 0.4m3 was harvested at clearfell - which is impressive after a 26 year rotation. The landowner is now looking at replanting and used brash bailing to help clear up the site and to generate a little extra income.

Green Belt has clearfelled a numbver of sites across the country. Whether as a result of wind throw from storm damage or of naturally reaching clearfell age, our team of harvesters and hauliers will work to achieve the very best result from your harvest.

Contact the harvesting team to discuss the options available to you.

Published in Green Belt Blog

Green Belt discussed the future of forestry and timber harvesting at the recent Talking Timber event in Templeglantine in Co Limerick. Speaking with Teagasc Timber TalksMaurice  Tom speaking smallMisnister Hayes, we were encouraged by his appetite to advance the forestry sector and to assist the farmer in further educating themselves about the importance of thinning their plantation.

Many items were discussed, including the road grant issues, the variety of timber quality and thus prices, the tax implications among other items. Green Belt are delighted with the efforts being made by Minister Hayes, who is continuing on the great work of his predecessor Minister Shane McEntee.

Published in Green Belt Blog
Saturday, 17 September 2011 13:37

Thinning & Harvesting

thinning-harvestingIf your forestry plantation is approaching 20 years of age, it might be ready for first thinning. This is an essential maintenance procedure for forests and it will enhance the future growth and production of your plantation towards clearfell.

How Thinning Works

Green Belt will firstly assess your forestry to see is it time to thin. Once a decision has been made to thin, we will apply for your felling licence (GFL) and consider the acess to your plantation. It might be necessary to construct a road and we have a qualified roads engineer to design and oversee the construction of the road. We look at the best option to make sure the road costs comes in at the grant level.
Once everything is in place, Green Belt supervises the thinning operations and monitors the timber as it leaves. We remove timber immediately to prevent weight loss and theft. We also install security cameras on site to monitor operations.


What To Expect from thinning:

Below, we have a thinning calculator offering an estimate for the value of your first thinning. To understand the products more, here is a diagram from teagasc explaining the products sizes and uses.

teagasc timber assortments








How Much Could You Earn?

Who To Contact?

maurice-ryan Maurice Ryan - Timber Marketing Manager

Maurice looks after the planning and implementation of thinning operations across the Southern areas of Ireland. Maurice aims to maximise short and long term value in his clients plantations through efficient and high quality thinning and harvesting. Please contact him directly to see how Green Belt can improve your crops earning potential.

Thinning FAQ

  • What is thinning? +

    Thinning is the removal of a proportion of the trees in a crop. (In a typical Sitka Spruce plantation, less then 20% of the initial stocking is left at clearfell). By removing smaller weaker trees the remaining trees are left with more light and room to grow to their full potential. The trees which are removed can be sold to make a variety of products such as fence posts, paper, pallets or MDF.
  • When do I thin my plantation? +

    The first thinning of a plantation is usually carried out when the trees have reached at least 8m in height or in terms of age of the plantation, between 12 and 20 years old for a fast growing species such as spruce and 20-30 years for other species. The decision to thin is often a compromise between waiting until the thinnings are large enough to maximise your return and not delayed so long that the growth potential of your remaining trees is affected by competing growth.
  • How is thinning carried out? +

    There are a number of steps involved in the practise of thinning. The first step is to make/cut inspection racks through your plantation. These racks are basically pathways through the plantation, where a forester can inspect the trees form and establish the growth rate of the trees. Once the growth rate of the trees has been established, your forester can recommend the type of thinning which should be carried out.
  • How much do I thin? +

    Once the type of thinning has been agreed, the thinning intensity is worked out. The amount of timber removed is dependent on the species of tree and the rate at which it is growing. The calculations involved are somewhat longwinded but the general idea is to remove the right amount of timber to make the operation profitable without adversely affecting the productivity and stability of the remaining trees.
  • How often should I thin my plantation? +

    How often a thinning is carried out can be established by your Green Belt forester. The frequency of thinning is a balance between making the operation profitable while maximising the value of the remaining crop. For example; thinning operations are carried out every three years on fast growing spruce.Your Green Belt forester can find the best market for your thinnings.In conclusion, thinning is an essential part of your farm forestry investment. If thinning is planned or carried out incorrectly, your plantation will suffer. If carried out correctly your plantation will continue to be a healthy crop and investment.
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