People do not always connect the growing of forestry and supplying of timber products. As a result, the need to supply much-needed timber globally can get lost. All of the conifer forests we see around the country were planted to produce the timber we need to build our houses and produce other essential products such as pallets, packaging, and fencing.

Over 22,000 forest owners – mainly farmers – across Ireland have planted forests and many will see their investment come to fruition in the coming years. Indeed, the number of farmers reaching their ‘windfall’ at clear fell is increasing every year, as the strong planting years of the 1990s see those crops mature. People will sit up and pay attention as the local sawmill strikes a deal with the farmer and a large, tax-free income is realised.