Cloughjordan wood is rewarded for its community aspect

At the presentation of awards, Matt Dempsey, RDS president; Junior Minister of State for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes; Gearoid " Foighil, Cloughjordan Community Development Committee; Mary O`Brien, Coillte recreation manager, and John Moore, Coillte forest manager
A Cloughjordan woodland has been awarded a prize for its excellent community amenity at the Irish Forestry Awards.

A Cloughjordan woodland has been awarded a prize for its excellent community amenity at the Irish Forestry Awards.

Knockanacree woodland has been forested since the 1800s and judges were impressed with the management of the land, the future plans for the woodland and the predominant use of oak which continues the historical link to the first planting.

The 41-hectare site is maintained by the Cloughjordan Community Development Committee and Coillte and was awarded the runners-up prize in the Community Woodlands category.

The Irish Forestry Awards are run by the RDS and the Forest Service and the awards were presented Junior Minister for Forestry, Tom Hayes and RDS president Matt Dempsey.

Deputy Tom Hayes said: “These awards provide an excellent opportunity to showcase all that is good about Irish forestry. This year’s winners are true examples of best practice,”

He pointed out that the sector now generates approximately €2.3bn in annual output and supports 12,000 jobs in establishment, harvesting, transport, sawmilling, processing and renewable energy.

“The Government recognises the importance of the sector to the economy and we are committed to assisting its development into the future.

“For the last number of years, the State has made funding available, through the afforestation programme, to facilitate planting of up to 7,000 hectares each year,” he said.