Climate and environment
Trees aren’t always the answer
To meet 2035 woodland creation targets, half of Ireland’s wet grasslands would need to be afforested. This is not necessarily a good thing, writes Ray Ó Foghlú.
15 November 2023 Northern Ireland
Laurel tree delivers latest safety warning
Derek Robinson was caught out when cutting branches off a mature laurel in an area of woodland
New scheme offers landowners over €20,000 to plant 1ha of woodland
The Native Tree Area Scheme is a new departure for woodland creation on Irish farms, writes Ray Ó Foghlú.
Agroforestry and organics: a viable combination
At a recent Teagasc organic farm walk, the incorporation of various eco schemes alongside organic farming was discussed. Martin Merrick reports on some of the options available.
Major new biomass crop trial underway in Hillsborough
A range of energy crops have been planted in AFBI Hillsborough as part of a major new UK-wide research project into biomass crops.
25 October 2023 Renewables
Restoring woodlands a key part of fighting climate change
In this article, Ray Ó Foghlú provides a brief history of trees in Ireland. Knowing this is essential to restoring our natural woodlands.
Ash dieback needs to be treated as a national emergency
The Department of Agriculture has been heavily criticised for an 'overly bureaucratic and silviculturally flawed' response to the ash dieback disease. Donal Magner reports.
11 October 2023 Forestry
Munster ash owners say no to Hackett's call on RUS
Simon White of the Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners (LTWO) group said the €2,000/ha being offered to clear ash plantations 'would not scratch the surface' of the actual cost.
8 October 2023 News
Minister Hackett announces open call for forestry promotion projects
A need has been identified to re-establish a more rooted understanding of the value of forests, Minister Hackett has said.
20 September 2023 Forestry
Busting myths to defend NI farming
Here are five issues where the latest official data from DAERA indicates a different picture to what many people may think.
30 August 2023 Northern Ireland
News round-up from Northern Ireland
Weekly news in-brief from across the agri-food industry in Northern Ireland
23 August 2023 Northern Ireland
New Dúlra project to see western landowners tackle rhododendron
The project emphasises a collaborative approach, working closely with local landowners, farmers, volunteers and State agencies.
6 August 2023 Schemes