Forest owner groups across Ireland are hosting a number of forestry knowledge transfer group (KTG) programmes in early 2024.
Forest Owner Group
|Moate, Co. Westmeath
|North Midlands Farm Forestry Group
|Donegal Woodland Owners Society
|Irish Wood Producers**
|Laois Farm Forestry Group
|Cavan & Meath*
|North East Forestry Group
|Irish Wood Producers
|Irish Wood Producers
*Focus on forest certification
**Note: Irish Wood Producers are holding an information morning on the new programme Celebrating Irish Woodlands on Wednesday 24th January at 10:00 in the Rhu Glenn, Slieverue, Co. Kilkenny, X91 E395 and will be registering participants for the KTGs in Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford at that event.
What are forestry knowledge transfer groups (KTGs)
The aim of forestry KTGs is to engage forest owners in sustainable forest management, facilitate peer-to-peer learning and increase the knowledge of forest owners on all aspects of the forestry sector. Local forest owner groups are hosting KTG programmes throughout the country, funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Why join a KTG?
KTGs are a great way of increasing knowledge of sustainable forest management, building confidence to make informed decisions and developing a network of forest owners in your area. The discussions are facilitated by a professional forester and will incorporate both classroom-style learning as well as practical elements and outdoor events.
Each KTG programme can have a maximum of 20 participants and each participant who complete the programme will receive a maximum payment of €560. Where the number of forest owners exceeds the places available, selection will be on the basis of first come first served.
Who is eligible?
The programme is open to forest owners or joint forest owners, although only one participant associated with a single forest property can participate in a single KTG. Participants must be aged 18 years or over, they do not need to be a member of a forest owner group, they cannot have participated in a forestry KTG in the previous three years and the forestry KTG programme is open to farmers and non-farmers.
If you wish to participate in a KTG scheme, please email the relevant contact listed above for further information or complete the expression of interest form below.