Eucalypts in the Republic of Ireland

Leslie, Andrew ORCID logo ORCID: (2013) Eucalypts in the Republic of Ireland. Quarterly Journal of Forestry, 107 (1). pp. 62-64.

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I was fortunate to obtain funding from the Royal Forestry Society’s Randle Travel Fund and the University of Cumbria for a visit in June 2012 to the Republic of Ireland to examine the work being undertaken on Eucalyptus. As part of the conditions for the funding, I was asked to write a brief article. As a start to the article, I would like to thank a number of Coillte staff for providing information and for being most generous hosts; most notably David Thompson but also Kevin Hutchinson, Bill Berkerey and Kevin Black, a private consultant. For a more detailed account of recent developments, a paper is being written for Irish Forestry by David, Bill and Kevin Hutchinson and will be published soon. The Republic of Ireland has a long history of planting eucalypts, with the first trees being established in the 19th Century. The original focus for investigating a role for eucalypts in production forestry was as a source of timber, feedstock for panel boards and as pit props. Those species that grew well in Ireland did not meet the required wood properties for these markets and so research on eucalypts ceased until the mid 2000s, when there arose a demand for woody biomass as a source of fuel.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Quarterly Journal of Forestry
Publisher: Royal Forestry Society
ISSN: 0033-5568
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Forestry and Conservation
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2017 15:39
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 11:16


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