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Farmer writes: learning from Europe on forestry and sheep productivity
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Farmer writes: learning from Europe on forestry and sheep productivity

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Education comes in all shapes and sizes for Kieran Sullivan – from writing papers on forest ownership to facing long feeding evenings in the dark.
Education comes in all shapes and sizes for Kieran Sullivan – from writing papers on forest ownership to facing long feeding evenings in the dark.

Being temporarily upgraded to a full-time farmer over the last few weeks gave me time to catch up on the forestry biomass group I’m involved with. All 20 members of the group are currently writing mini-papers on various topics and I’m coordinating the one on forest ownership.

Members of the group are drawn from all over Europe, but the emerging ownership issues are as relevant in Waterford as they are in Warsaw. At this stage, issues fall broadly into three categories:

  • Rural exodus – fewer people living in the countryside means fewer forest owners.
  • Support structures – what do forest owners ...
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