Changes to Woodland Improvement Scheme
i) First Intervention grant of €750/ha (no change);ii) Second Intervention grant of €500/ha.
Government ups grant and premium rates for forestry as planting lags targets
Launch of Knowledge Transfer Scheme
Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, launched a pilot Knowledge Transfer Group scheme for forestry at the AGM of Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners Ltd., in Hollyford, Co. Tipperary.
Introducing the new pilot scheme, Minister of State Doyle commented "Management of your forest asset enhances your ability to derive a good return. While there are a number of support schemes available from my Department such as the Forest Roads Scheme, my Department is also seeking to assist forest owners in other ways. One way is the development of a Knowledge Transfer Group (or ‘KTG’ as they are known in other sectors) for forestry, the pilot scheme of which we are launching here today. By removing the knowledge gap that exists amongst some forest owners, the Department hopes to assist forest owners to become forest ‘managers’. Forests managed pro-actively by their owners will, I believe, result in more productive and more sustainable forests."
From left to right – Michael Somers Teagasc, Karl Coggins Forest Service, Ger Long LTWO Ltd, Colum Walsh Chairman LTWO Ltd., Michael Ryan LTWO Ltd., Andrew Doyle TD, Junior Minister at Dept Agriculture, John Reardon LTWO Ltd., Marie Walsh Secretary LTWO Ltd., Tom Houlihan Teagasc.
The pilot project is to test the feasibility of a Knowledge Transfer Group (KTG) scheme for forestry, the focus of which will be on mobilisation of timber and biomass and will be modelled closely on the Department’s existing Knowledge Transfer Groups for beef, sheep and other sectors of agriculture. The aim of the KTG scheme is to increase the level of forest management activity amongst participating forest owners, and to increase awareness amongst participants of the value of their forest and, in particular, the potential value of biomass. Three existing forestry groups are taking part in the pilot and there will be multiple KTGs within each group; these forestry groups cover counties Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and Donegal. It is intended that the pilot will have up to 300 forest owners participating across 15 KTGs.
The Minister of State acknowledged the input of the Group, noting "My Department had done extensive research on the feasibility of KTGs for forestry during 2015 but it was a result of a meeting between the Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners group and my Department back in June last year that the idea of a KTG for forestry started to take shape. I understand that this group along with the other forestry groups involved in the pilot, with the assistance of Teagasc, have been contributing to the development of the scheme."
He also commented on another initiative by his Department in the area of Forest Certification and the recent launch of the new "Felling Guidance Tool" which aims to help maximise returns from forestry. In concluding his address to the Group, he added, "We currently have forest cover of 10.5% of Ireland’s land area, compared to the EU average of 34%. We are working together to expand this forest area in a sustainable way so that the many benefits that it brings can be realised to the full extent possible. You, as forest owners, and this Group make a huge contribution to achieving that objective and I am sure that our efforts, combined with those of others in the sector, will assist in the ongoing development of forestry in Ireland."
Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners is the first group in the country to have a knowledge transfer group. Set up in con-junction with Teagasc in 2010, the group have been extremely active. Tipperary Forest Development Officer said "this is one of the proudest days in my career. The group have delivered a major initiative for its members. LTWO is currently looking for forest owners to apply for this Knowledge Transfer scheme
What is involved?
Based on the same idea as Dairy and Beef discussion groups, you will attend 7 meetings generally held in the evening, approx 2 hours long over a 6-12 month period you will be paid €70 per meeting to cover your cost's which is a total of €490. (If you are already in a beef or other discussion group there is no issue over dual funding as the Forestry Discussion group is exchequer funded and not EU funded)
If you can't attend a meeting you can send your nominee (this can be your spouse, son or daughter)
Topics covered at the meetings by the Professional Forester will be topical and relevant: Biomass, Thinning operations, etc. This is a perfect opportunity to gain knowledge about your Forestry plantation and its future
If there’s any farm forest owner that wishes to apply, contact group chairman Colum Walsh on 087 - 7908460 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that closing date for expressions of interest is March 16 2017.
Announcement: Knowledge Transfer Scheme
We are proud to announce that we have been chosen to operate the knowledge transfer scheme, which is open to all private forest owners. Participant’s expenses will of course be covered. The aim of the KTG scheme is to increase the level of forest management activity amongst participating forest owners.
Minister of State, Andrew Doyle T.D.
Will launch the Scheme at the
Limerick & Tipperary Woodland Owners Ltd.
On Wednesday 1st March, 12.00am
At Hollyford Community Centre, Co Tipperary
Applications to join the Scheme will be taken from 10.30 am
The Scheme is designed to help Forest owners in the management of their plantations
Participants expenses will be covered.
Training will take place in suitable locations over the 2 Counties.
Limited Availability—early booking advised.
Contact 087-1477124 or email@example.com
Open to all forest owners.
Firewood Production & Timber Measurement Event
This final event of 2016 was held at Ned Liston’s Fuel Depot in Newcastle West Co Limerick.
On Thursday 15 December, the process of stack measurement and its importance to the private grower was given to the 30 attendees by Michael Somers and Tom Houlihan.
Luckily the event moved indoors out of the elements with discussion on the various aspects of Wood Fuel production, its costs and process’s, and challenges.
Ned Liston has a very modern processing facility and has machinery to cover all processes of wood fuel production, from collecting timber right through from handling to splitting and drying.
Thinning & Road Construction Open Day
Another very informative and enjoyable day was had at Liam Bresnan’s forest near Caherconlish, Co Limerick.
Liam is preparing for his 1st thinning of Spruce and Oak and the first part of the event centred around the road construction, ground clearance, materials + costings. The contractor involved, was also on hand to answer questions about the ground excavation and layout. Our Forester, Liam Cleary, who designed the roadway, also gave details of the specifications required by the Dept. Teagasc Foresters, Michael Somers and Tom Houlihan were also on hand to talk about the technical areas of crop measurement and timber security.
We then had a break for refreshments where we enjoyed a talk from James Bennett, a farmer who related his experiences of thinning his spruce plantation, clearfelling and then re-planting. He was very open in giving the financial details of costs and income over the entire rotation of 28 years and as far as his plantation was concerned, the only other farm enterprise to give a better return over the same time period, was dairying.
The final part of the day was on the nearby plantation of Mr Kevin Ryan, Ash tending and pure oak thinning, also a new road recently constructed. It was a joy to see how tidy his Ash plantation looked, during the 1st thinning.
The results of these 2 forest owners are the embodiment of how a plantation can look, when actively managed.
Producer Groups Workshop
For the last few years, the Forest Groups have met up in a formal workshop setting. This year, the Forest Owner Group Workshop was held on Thursday December 1st 2016 in Tullamore.
Of particular interest was a presentation by Frank Barrett, on a new G.I.S. Portal, dealing with Timber Forecasting.
See here for more info and to get access to the portal.
Click here for a Frank's presentation on how to use the tool.
Small Scale Harvesting Event
Up to 100 farmer foresters attended a demonstration of Small Scale Harvesting machinery which was organized by LTWO Ltd. with the help of Teagasc.
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2016 Annual General Meeting - Grand Prize Draw (AGM)
Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners will be holding their annual AGM on Saturday, 2nd April 2016.
The AGM will be opened by Nuala ni Flatharta of Teagasc. A site visit to a local Sitka Spruce plantation will take place in the morning, led by Forest Manager, Paddy Purser.
Venue: Newport Community Centre, Co Tipperary
Date: Saturday 2nd April 2016
10.30AM - Registration
11.00AM - Morning Event: Tour of Conifer Site covering first & second thinning, clear fell.
1.00PM - Lunch (cost 5.00 euros) Community Centre
2.00PM - AGM
4.00PM - Draw & close of AGM
Park & Car share from Community Centre to morning event site and return.
Free draw for a Oregon Yukon Protective Trousers worth €100(RRP)!
Other items/draws to be added at a later date.
Draw open to all 2016 paid-up members.
Post in your completed membership form or you can join on the day.
Annual membership €35
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2015 Annual General Meeting - Grand Prize Draw (AGM)
On the 6th of February 2015, we are holding our annual AGM which will be opened by Tom Hayes Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine With Special Responsibility for Food, Forestry Horticulture and Food Safety.
It will be held at the Hollyford Community Centre, co. Tipperary.
10.30-1PM: Site Visits
1PM-2PM: Lunch (Soup and sandwiches)
Free draw for a top of the range Husqvarna 560XP Chainsaw worth €920(RRP)!
Draw open to all 2015 paid-up members.
Post in your completed membership form or you can join on the day.
Annual membership €35
Forestry Programme Submission
Together with 7 other producer groups and with the assistance of ICOS, a submission to the Department of Agriculture was made on the proposed new Forestry Programme 2014-2020.
The legal state of the group was confirmed in September as Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners Ltd.
This is a "company, limited by guarentee", where maximum exposure to each member, in the event of failure of the company, is one euro.
Two machines are currently (November 2014) operating for members in the 2 counties, doing 1st and 2nd thinning. Due to extra demand from last spring’s storm, there is a waiting list for harvesting, so any member who wants their plantation thinned should contact the secretary on 087-7908460 as soon as possible.
2014 Annual General Meeting
On 26th March Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners held their Third AGM in Kilshane House Co Tipperary.
The morning session begun with a forest walk in the commercial forestry plantations of Kilshane House, Topics covering all aspects of forestry plantations and topical windblow situations were discussed at length by Teagasc Forestry Advisors Michael Somers (Advisor for Tipperary), Tom Houlihan (Advisor for Limerick) and Forest Service Inspector John Madden (Limerick and Tipperary NW area).
The afternoon session had some interesting topics covered by Guest speaker Henry Philips on the valuation of forestry land, a Teagasc update was given by Forestry Advisor Michael Somers of Teagasc Tipperary, Independent Forestry Consultant Con Little also spoke about the exciting future and potential of timber production in Limerick and Tipperary and a financial account was given by Jim Dudley Facilitator for the Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners. Overall the meeting was well attended with approx 60 members attending along with trade stands belonging to Glennon Brothers, Laois Sawmills and Muarry Timber group also in attendance.
The outgoing committee were re-elected to their positions as follows, Michael Ryan - Chairman, John Reardon - Vice Chairman, Michael Carew - Treasurer and Colum Walsh - Secretary, A number of new and existing members were also elected onto the steering committee. If you are interested in becoming a member of Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners please log onto our website and join online at www.limerickandtipperarywoodlandowners.ie
Forest Owner Groups Conference 2013
‘Strength in Numbers’
We will be attending the Teagasc/LTWO forestry group conference in the Ballykisteen Hotel, Limerick Junction, Co. Tipperary, on Tuesday October 8th 2013.
View the programme of events here.
Some updates have been applied to the LTWO site.
An informational video had been embedded which shows how to spot the tell-tale signs of ash dieback. It can be found on the Ash Dieback page here.
If you experience any issues with the website, or have any suggestions for improvement, please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 Annual General Meeting
The 2013 AGM was held on 4th March at Ballykisteen Hotel, the most central location to serve the 2 counties.
There was a very good attendance on the night with over 70 members turning up.
Following the reading of the minutes and reports from the secretary, Treasurer and Chairman, the meeting was addressed by the guest speaker, Ms Geraldine o Sullivan, Executive Sec of IFA Forest Section. Geraldine is a mine of information and brought everyone up to date on issues of National and International importance.
Tom Houlihan and Michael Somers of Teagasc gave a very informative overview of the domestic situation including markets and pricing.
The Ash dieback disease was also covered and a video has been posted on our website informing owners how to recognize the disease.
A lively Q & A session followed a discussion on the future direction and aims of the group. These included a possible change in the Legal status of the Group, the current status of the proposed inventory of member’s plantations and the opening up of new markets for pulpwood. Certification possibilities and requirements in the future were also discussed.
Another meeting will be scheduled in the near future to make decisions on these matters.
Finally, elections were held at which outgoing officers were re-elected.
Tea & coffee were served afterwards at which many informal discussions took place.
Update on Ash Dieback Disease
More info here.
Ash Dieback Disease
As an island nation we have a distinct advantage over other European countries. As a direct result of being cut off from our nearest neighbour by sea, coupled with prevailing southwesterly winds, we enjoy the highest plant health status in Europe.
But these advantages were of little use this week when Ash Dieback was confirmed in plantations in Co Leitrim.The arrival of the disease in Ireland is bad news for Irish forestry growers and could be potentially disastrous for the sector if the fungus takes hold in plantations.
The following is an information document on the Disease by the British Forestry Commission.
Ash dieback disease - FC Pest Alert
UPDATE: More info here.
September 2012 Newsletter (Online Edition)
Hello all current and potential members of the Limerick and Tipperary Wood Land Owners Group.
After a successful AGM in Ballykisteen Tipperary in February it has been a very busy couple of months during which a number of steering group meetings have been held with a lot of progress achieved. The development of a website along with the development of a group texting service was completed. Initiating further cluster group meetings in several new areas was completed. Currently ours is one of the largest forestry producer groups in Ireland with a total membership area of approx 3900 acres belonging to some 150 members with a lot of interest from new members wishing to join and gain in the benefits of being a member.
New members are always welcome, please call us on our mobile or email us and we will send on the necessary membership form.
Cluster Group Meetings 2012: So far cluster group meetings were held in seven of the eleven cluster area’s for 2012. These meetings were generally well attended and a lot of enthusiasm was evident at most meetings. General questions revolved around the steps needed to be taken to start the thinning process. Naturally, some people were nervous about starting the process of thinning and felt that through the cluster group system more supports was available to them and that knowledge transfer at the demonstration sites was very helpful on how to begin thinning. It is very encouraging to hear that some cluster groups have members already talking of coming together and organising their own thinning operations in clusters as intended, and some other cluster groups are planning to possibly thin in 3 – 4 years time and intend pooling the harvesting operations to keep costs low.
Website Launch: A website has been developed for the group. It contains up to date information on all aspects of forestry and is very user friendly. It can be viewed at www.limerickandtipperarywoodlandowners.ie
Forestry Events 2012: A number of training field days and evening talks are planned for the year a head 2012. Sites from the 2011 site visits are being revisited post thinning, providing some very useful practical information on how to manage good thinning operations. Members will be informed of dates.
A lot of feed back from cluster group meetings has revolved around “What do I need to do to get started???” If your plantation is between 12-17 years old it probably needs some form of management.
CLUSTER GROUP: To begin with you should find out through your nearest cluster is anyone else in the area ready or approaching the same stage as yourself?
BRASH PATH: You will need brash paths cut into the forest. Become familiar with the safety requirements if doing the job yourself and attend cluster meetings on brash path planning.
FORESTER INSPECTION: You should than have your forest inspected by our forester and make sure to make use of reduced costs by again clustering together with a few members to avail of the forester on the same day at a reduced cost.
FOREST ROADING: The forester will advise you on if your forest needs a forest road and if it is ready to thin.
TENDER HARVESTING CONTRACT: Then if your forest is ready to thin and a cluster of members are ready to thin the possibility of tendering the work out to the best priced contractor (references should be looked for of previous work done and a contract drawn up on the operations and payment)
The Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners have a new website. This new site will provide members of the organisation with helpful advice, information, price guidelines and contacts for useful plantation forestry work.
With this information, woodland owners will be better equipped to get the best possible price for their timber, through finding a contractor that will harvest for the most efficient price, finding a sawmill with the best prices, and receiving all the grants possibly available for such work.
We would like to thank Artemis Design for their expert work, and fantastic value.
So please take time to look through all the extensive information on the this website.
2010 was the worst year on record for forest fires when almost 5,000 acres were destroyed. Many farmers did not have insurance and they not only lost the value of the timber but also incurred the cost of clearing and replanting.
Farmers should adhere to the restrictions on the cutting , burning or destruction of vegetation growing on uncultivated land or in hedges during the nesting and breeding season from March 1st to August 31st.
IFA have joined forces with FBD to develop the Timber Growing Insurance policy that covers the fire brigade call out charges, loss of timber and replanting cost. It has also been extended to cover fire brigade call out charges for a fire in the vicinity of a forest that may threaten neighbouring plantations.
Walkers and other recreational users of the countryside need to be particularly careful. Cigarette butts should be properly disposed of and campfires fully extinguished to avoid any further fires.
Farmers should be aware that the price of wood may or may not include vat in the quoted price by a sawmill.
There has been much confusion expressed among Forestry members with regard to VAT in forestry related operations and
sales. Outlined below are the facts which relate to the major questions which are arising.
(Regarded as Agricultural Goods and Services)
• The VAT rate for forestry services* is the Reduced rate of 13.5%
• This is covered by: Value-Added Tax Consolidation Act 2010 (VATCA 2010), Section: 46(1)(c), Schedule: 3,
*Forestry Services include; lopping, tree felling, pruning, hedge trimming & similar forestry services, combined sowing and
• The VAT rate on sales of timber is the Standard Rate of 23%
• This is covered by: Value-Added Tax Consolidation Act 2010 (VATCA 2010) Ref: Section: 46(1)(a)
• A flat-rate farmer is a farmer who is not registered for VAT in respect of his/her farming activities. In order to
compensate for VAT paid on supplies, a farmer is entitled to a flat-rate addition (currently 5.2%) to the price at which
their agricultural produce or agricultural services are supplied to VAT-registered persons**
**VAT-registered persons also include: marts, agricultural co-operatives and meat factories.
A revised forest roads scheme has replaced the old scheme which was closed on December 2011
The details of the new Roads Scheme and the main changes from the old scheme are outlined below:
1. Maximum Payment per linear metre: €35 (reduction of €10).
2. Road density allowed per hectare: 20 linear metres (reduction of 5 metres).
3. Payments will be made net of VAT, regardless of applicant’s VAT status.
4. The construction of certain ‘Loading bays’ maybe grant aided where the area allows.
5. Pull in lay-bys (longitudinal loading bays) may be considered on a case by case basis and where the area
6. Farmers, private forest owners and private forest companies will be eligible for the grant aid under the
Forest Road Scheme.