Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners (LTWO) held a field trip in Medite, Clonmel last week.
The forest-owning members - who were facilitated by Darren O' Loughlin and John Bourke - made a visit to Medite to see low-grade pulp timber being processed and treated into fine timber fibre.
The fibre is cooked and compacted into a medium-density fibreboard (MDF); the finished product is exported worldwide.
LTWO (Limerick & Tipperary Woodland Owners Ltd) - which was formed as a producer group for forest owners - is organising paid Knowledge Transfer discussion groups throughout the year.
Funding from the Forest service of €490 for attendance to meetings will be made available.
This is the third Knowledge Transfer Scheme; it is taking applicants in Limerick and Tipperary in the coming weeks.This will involve attending seven meetings throughout the year - two of which are outdoors and the other five will be indoor evening meetings.
There has been a "good uptake" in interest from participants, according to Colum Walsh - LWTO Chairman. “Over the last couple of years, we have had one hundred participants over five groups," he told Marcella - That's Farming.
“It’s open to everybody, as long as you have a forest owner number,” explained Colum.
“It is also open to those who have been nominated to attend meetings as a proxy for those who are unable to appear at some meetings,” he concluded.
If you are a forest owner and would like to know more about the KTG program, please text your name and address to 087-6561864.
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