The 30th RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards are now accepting entries. With a prize fund of €15,000 the awards are bigger than ever before. The RDS-Forest Service Awards are Ireland’s National forestry awards and are divided into four main categories which highlight, celebrate, and reward those who are at the forefront of the economic, environmental and community development of the forestry sector in Ireland
RDS Agriculture Chairman, Mr Tom Kirley said: “From the magnificent 400 hectares of woodland at Shanes Castle Estate in Co. Antrim, to the innovative 10 hectare planation of John O’Connell in Co. Limerick, the awards reveal inspiring examples of the benefits and diversity of forestry in Ireland. With the closing date of July 14 fast approaching the RDS is calling on farmers, landowners and community groups to enter now for their chance to share in the €15,000 prize fund.”
The awards continue to grow and evolve with the Teagasc Farm Forestry Award category being introduced for 2017; it aims to promote the sustainable use of land that incorporates both farming and forestry.
Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said: “Teagasc is delighted to be associated with the RDS-Forest Service Irish Forestry Awards and the opportunities they provide for farm forest owners. The Teagasc-sponsored award provides recognition for farmers who have integrated forestry as a complementary enterprise into their holding. Active participation in the management of this forest resource will result in economic, environmental, social and practical benefits, not least the potential for mitigation of greenhouse gas. “
Everyone with woodland is encouraged to enter as all woodlands, large or small, are of merit. Those involved in the forestry sector are urged to nominate their friends and neighbours if they think they are worthy candidates. Application forms are available at www.rds.ie/forestry, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 240 7215.