Once a plantation has been established, its welfare is chiefly determined by the skill with which it is thinned - (Hiley, 1967)

 Forest Harvesting

If you think your plantation is ready for either first or subsequent thinning let us know and we can call out to check, and if it is we can organise the Felling Licence and the sale and harvesting of your timber. We only deal with reputable contractors and timber buyers which ensures two very important fundamentals for you the grower:

  1. That the correct percentage, and correct class of stem will be removed in the thinning operation.

  2. That you the owner will get paid the going rate in a timely fashion.

Clearfell Site, East Galway 2019

Clearfell Site, East Galway 2019

European Larch Thinnings, South Dublin 2019

European Larch Thinnings, South Dublin 2019

Most Felling Licences are valid now for 10 years which allows two thinnings or even three on fast growing sites to be accomodated in one licence. When clearfelling time comes around and volumes and revenues are substantially greater, for this is the main reason you planted your forest, we have the experience to project manage the entire clearfell operation and subsequent re-planting if required.

Broadleaf Thinning

We also organise the harvesting of pure broadleaf crops and broadleaf/conifer mixtures where the conifer species usually Scot pine or European larch need to be removed before it begins to suppress the Oak or Beech in the mixture. There is a Broadleaf Thinning Grant of €750/hectare available for a first thinning and since early 2019 a second thinning grant of €500/hectare is also now available.

Broadleaf Thinning Extraction, North Wexford 2018.

Broadleaf Thinning Extraction, North Wexford 2018.

Broadleaf/Conifer Mixture Felling, South Dublin 2018.

Broadleaf/Conifer Mixture Felling, South Dublin 2018.