Call for project participants: Small-scale milling training

Irish Forest Owners is running a national peer-to-peer training course in 2024 to advance the technical skills and knowledge of forest owners across Ireland in small-scale sawmilling (milling, grading, drying and storing) of Irish grown hardwood timber.

This training course is part of a larger project focused on ‘Making the Most of our Hardwoods’, and will also include information and training on the properties and end-uses of different timber, as well as developing skills to deliver Irish Grown Hardwoods onto the market.

The Project takes place over five separate days in different locations around the country (Cork, Limerick, Galway, Carlow and Meath), with practical demonstrations and training, guest speakers and peer-to-peer learning. Participants in the project must be available to attend all five training days. This is a free training programme but you must be willing to travel. Ownership of a sawmill is beneficial but not essential.

The dates of the training days are 23rd March, 20th April, 11th May, 8th June and 13th July.

Application process

We are looking for forest owners from around the country with a keen interest in sawmilling, working with timber and a commitment to helping communicate and promote the project outputs.

Spaces are limited and applicants will undergo a fair and transparent assessment, based on geographical spread and commitment to the project.

Closing date for applications is 18th February 2024.