Meath engineering firm Falcon Forestry, a division of Hand Engineering from Oldcastle, has launched the first ever Irish-designed and manufactured compact forestry forwarder this week. The machine is designed to bring a four-tonne load across difficult ground conditions for forestry thinning operations.

The new Falcon Forwarder has a narrow 2.3m track with 500mm ground clearance and has been designed for Irish conditions in association with a number of timber growers.