President of the RDS Bernie Brennan told the attendance at this year’s Spring Agriculture Forestry Awards that climate change and food security are two of the most important issues of this century. “Ireland has a responsibility in both areas, which requires being smart and effective in the way we produce quality food, and to be responsible in tackling greenhouse gas emissions,” she said. She added that “forestry is central to climate-smart agriculture”.

This year, the judging panel comprising Brendan Fitzsimons, Henry Phillips and Jim Reidy presented the RDS forestry awards to forest owners in counties Clare, Wexford, Wicklow, Westmeath, Tipperary and Cavan. In addition to the RDS, the awards are supported by the Forest Service and Teagasc.