Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Western Forestry Co-op are pleased to be announcing the return of the Woodland Festival in the Clonalis Estate, Castlerea, Co Roscommon on Sunday, August 28 from 12pm to 6pm.

The woodland festival will foster a greater awareness of the benefits of trees and woodlands, woodland management and the amenity aspects of our woods as well as the use of wood in furniture, crafts and building.

The day will include live woodland demonstrations in thinning, woodland improvement, farm forestry and harvesting, sawmilling, timber tasks, wood chipping, beekeeping, chainsaw operators and carving, small scale timber extraction, there will be woodland walks & talks, woodland games, information stands, wood products, food, crafts, family entertainment and much more. There will be something for everyone at the Woodland Festival 2022.

If you are interested in learning how to identify the different trees then make sure to attend the Tree Identification walk, or if you would like to know more about forest fungi and forest medicine attend either of those walks

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There is the Timber Tasks area where you can get tips on how to maintain and sharpen your chainsaw. The marquee field will have marquees set up with woodland talks on everything from native woodland management to engineered wood to timber mobilisation and forestry as a career, the Traders marquee with natural wood and artisan products to purchase on the say, the Irish Wood Marquee showcasing innovation in building with wood. There will be a Woodland Information Marquee which include organisations such as the Department of Agriculture, Crann, Pro Silva, Teagasc, Woodlands of Ireland and the different colleges offering forestry courses.

The Harvesting area will discuss the different harvesting options, high pruning for quality, how to maximise your timber crop and the different sawmill products that are created from the wood in your forest. The Woodland Improvement area will discuss woodland management operations and supports, the small scale extraction area will have tractor, trailer, quad and horse extraction in action for low impact log removal. The timber and Wood field will have the local wood based businesses showing products made from wood supporting local jobs timber processing, firewood, chipping, stakes, mobile sawmill and chainsaw carver.

In the family area they have Woodland Games, face painting, woodland crafts, balloon making and music, all free. There will be archery competition and an educational hive for Beekeeping. Food stalls and a picnic area, live music and storytelling. This is a day for everyone to come and see all that is good about woodlands and trees. It is organised by Western Forestry Co-op and funded by the Department of Agriculture and Masonite. Please be advised this is an outdoor event so appropriate clothing and footwear is advisable, there is a festival map and event schedule on our website and all areas will be signposted on the day, organisers look forward to seeing you there.

See  www.woodlandfestival.ie; www.facebook.com/westernforestrycoop.ie/ for more details.

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