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Review of Pro Silva Ireland’s 2017 Study tour to Wales

Pro Silva Ireland is delighted to share an in-depth review of our 2017 Study trip to Wales by Jonathan Spazzi, Pro Silva Ireland committee member and  Forestry Development Officer| Teagasc | Limerick-KerryThank you Jonathan! Jonathan can be contacted at jonathan.spazzi@teagasc.ie

Rodney leading a session at the CCFG conference on Understanding daylight in the context of Continuous Cover Forestry, Westonbirt Arboretum, 2009.

In memory of Pro Silva founding member Rodney Helliwell (1940-2018)

Rodney was one of the original founding members of Pro Silva, a signatory of the declaration of Robanov Kot (1989), the Pro Silva founding document. It is his championing of Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF), a term he was instrumental in defining and promoting, that will stand perhaps as his greatest legacy. He was the first chairman of the Continuous Cover Forestry Group (CCFG) and was responsible for establishing a formal association with ProSilva.

April Field Day, Study Tour and Good News for Continuous Cover Forestry – CCF

Upcoming Field Day – April 28th Meeting Time 11.00 AM, expected finish approx. 3.00 PM Directions: The entrance to Belmont Farm is at https://goo.gl/maps/UwJvFq9K1CG2 .  Leave the N11 at either of junctions 7 or 9 and follow Pro Silva Event…

Pro Silva Ireland Autumn Field Day, Moyrath, Kildalkey, Co. Meath and AGM

The focus of the Pro Silva Ireland Autumn field day will be early management of 1st generation oak plantation. We will be joined on the day by the Head Cooper from Irish Distillers in Middleton Co. Cork. Ger is a 5th generation cooper who has spent his life working with oak and knows the quality requirements of oak for coopering better than anyone. In recent years, Irish Distillers have been working with Pro Silva Ireland members to sustainably source high quality oak for coopering.

Pro Silva Europa Annual Meeting: Romania 2017

Press release, 3rd Juli 2017 from newly appointed ProSilva Europa President Eckart Senitza This year’s Pro Silva Europa held its annual meeting 2017 in Romania: 40 participants from all over Europe met in Sibiu and spent three fascinating days in…

Pro Silva Ireland 2017 Study Tour to Wales, 15-17 September: bookings now open

Coed Preseli (In the Preseli hills beside Fishguard, Pembrokeshire) All Pro Silva Ireland members are welcome to attend our annual study trip - this year to Wales. Places are limited so please book early to help with the organisation of…

ProSilva Ireland in Co. Carlow and Minister to launch ProSilva Guidebook at Irish Forestry show, 5 May, Stradbally

Thanks to members and newcomers who came to the recent Pro Silva Spring field day at a commercial 110 ha farm forest at Spahill, Borris, Co. Carlow. Our thanks especially  to farmer/forester Peter Rose and his wife for hosting such…

The Pro Silva Ireland 2017 Spring Field Day: Borris, Co. Carlow, and the launch of a new Practical Manual on CCF Management

Saturday 22nd April in a commercial farm forest at Spahill, Borris, Co. Carlow Including launch of New Pro Silva Practical Guide (see directions below). Meeting Time 11.00 AM The forest site is situated near the town of Borris in South…

Launch of first Teagasc booklet on Continuous Cover Forestry at ProSilva Ireland Raheen Forest, Tuamgreany, East Clare

o ProSilva Ireland held a very informative day at Raheen Forest, Tuamgreany, Co. Clare, last Saturday on the 8 October. It was led by ProSilva committee member and site forester/mycologist, Jonathan Spazzi. We were also delighted to share news of a…

Pro Silva Ireland field day- Saturday 8th October 2016 Raheen Forest, Tuamgreany, East Clare and AGM

The Pro Silva Ireland Autumn Field Day will be held on Saturday 8th October in Raheen Forest, Tuamgreany, Co. Clare (see directions below). Meeting Time 11.00 AM The Raheen forest is situated near the village of Tuamgraney, Scarriff ,East Clare,…

ProSilva Ireland 2016 Study Trip to Belgium 8-11 September

All ProSilva Ireland members are welcome to attend our annual study trip - this year to Belgium. The study trip will aim to follow the itinerary below: Base: Namur Day 1: We will visit forests close to Brussels and Namur.…

FARM WOODLAND FORUM 2016 “Farm Woodlands-Education, Research and Policy”

An invitation to ProSilva Ireland members and friends to this year’s Farm Woodland Forum meeting. The Forum will be in Ireland and run jointly by AFBI and Teagasc, with bookings and registration through AFBI. This is an excellent venue. Ballyhaise…

Special Pro Silva Ireland Field Day for members of North East Forestry Group, Westmeath Farm Forest Group, and other forest owners new to Continuous Cover Forestry

Wicklow – Saturday April 23rd 2016, 10.30am – 3.30pm “At the request of a number of forest owner associations who contacted Pro Silva Ireland and Teagasc wanting to learn more about Continuous Cover Forestry, we are dedicating our April 2016…

PRO SILVA POLAND VISIT 2015: An account of forest discussions

A recent report by ProSilva committee members Jonathan Spazzi with the collaboration of Kevin O’Connell (Teagasc), and Charlie Tailor (FC Scotland) This visit took place between the 24 and 27 June as a joint effort of ProSilva Ireland and the…

Operation Transformation to Continuous Cover Forestry

Photos and an article from ProSilva Ireland field day at Knockrath Forest, Co. Wicklow – Sat 3 Oct 2015. ProSilva Ireland wishes to thanks the Brabazon family at Knockrath Co. Wicklow for an important ProSilva Ireland field day. We were…

Upcoming ProSilva Ireland field day at Knockrath Forest, Co. Wicklow – Sat 3 Oct 2015

Pro Silva Ireland’s next Forest Open day is in Knockrath Forest, Co. Wicklow – Sat 3 Oct 2015 with guest German ProSilva forester Hinrich Joost Bärwald. All Welcome! The focus of the day will be discussions on the progress of conversion…

Upcoming ProSilva Ireland field day at Coole Park, Gort, Co. Galway – May 23rd 2015

Pro Silva Ireland’s next Forest Open day is in Coole Park, Gort, Co. Galway on Saturday 23rd May 2015 with guest forester Huw Denman and ecologist Faith Wilson. The focus of the day will be on how Continuous Cover Forestry can deliver benefits for nature conservation, biodiversity and landscape.

Upland transformation in Sitka spruce in Wales.

The Case for Continuous Cover Forestry

Phil Morgan, President of ProSilva Europe and known to many ProSilva Ireland members recently wrote an article on "The Case for Continuous Cover Forestry". The Forestry & Timber News Journal has kindly allowed us to re-publish the article here.

CCFG National Conference 2014 – online resources

Resources from the Continuous Cover Forest Group (CCFG) Conference held in The Lake District in June this year are now available on the CCFG website. They include: pdfs of Speaker Presentations (+ some MP4 recordings); a Conference Report with a list…

ProSilva Europe celebrates its 25th anniversary in Switzerland

Over three days based in Sursee in the Canton of Lucerne, the ProSilva Europe delegates, including representatives from ProSilva Ireland, visited forests in public ownership. The forest of Grün Stadt Zürich, the Gutschwald of Oberägeri and the Deiniker Wald of…

Talis Kalnars: An inspirational forester

"Talis Kalnars was a pioneer of 'continuous cover' forestry in Britain, writes Phil Morgan. His woodlands were not only beautiful but profitable, as he nurtured the 'natural capital' of the forest ecosystem, and only harvested the dividend of high value…

Invitation: Forest Transformation and Conversion: EXEMPLARY FOREST UNITS OF UNEVEN-AGED FORESTRY IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Please see the forest transformation and conversion event in the Czech Republic in October 2018. Due to the fact that forest transformation is a topic beyond the Czech Republic, this will be a relevant meeting for many in Ireland too.

Pro Silva Ireland study trip to France: now fully booked

2018 Pro Silva Ireland study trip to France in September: now fully booked! Pro Silva Ireland has been delighted with the growing interest in our annual study trips. This year's trip planned for September is now fully subscribed and 24 members will be participating in examining Close-to-Nature managed forests in Eastern France.