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Minister Doyle launches

National Forestry Conference on Minor Conifers in

Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, Co. Meath,

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The National Conference reassessed the future role of minor conifer species in Irish forestry. The term ‘minor conifer’ refers to alternatives to Sitka spruce and includes the following species that have adapted well to Irish soil and climatic conditions: Norway spruce, Douglas fir, Scots pine, larch species, western red cedar, western hemlock and Monterey pine. Sitka spruce continues to be a major species in Irish forestry in terms of yield, site adaptability and market benefits. Its success is the main reason why the Irish forestry and forest products industry has an annual value of €2.2 billion. However, overreliance on one species has led to a one-dimensional forestry sector and could place the industry at….

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This year’s Third Level Student Wood Awards failed to receive sufficient sponsorship to ensure a quality competition. We are currently revising this event in consultation with stakeholders and potential sponsors with a view to securing its future and relaunching the event. Comments from colleges and WMF members appreciated ( Since the annual awards were initiated in 2004, over 150 students have received category winner, special commendation and  merit awards as well as approximately €100,000 in cash prizes. Most have gone on to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, design and product development.

The Third Level Student Wood Awards received entries from 18 universities, institutes of technology and colleges of further education since the competition was launched. It has been a key event in the WMF calendar of events and we hope to relauch it in the near future but….

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Minister Andrew Doyle presents top wood awards to

Limerick, Dublin and Galway students

Most of the seven students who made the shortlist for this year’s Third Level Student Wood Awards explored traditional and contemporary timber end uses. While solid sawn timber applications formed the basis of a number of entries, today’s students are invariably attracted to engineered wood products and push timber well beyond its traditional boundaries. This approach reflects global architectural and engineering trends.

Innovative architects, engineers, wood scientists and designers are attracted to structural engineered wood products because they offer design versatility as well as the potential to specify timber for large-scale projects including bridges and multi-storey buildings as high as 53 metres.

Minister of State with responsibility for forestry Andrew Doyle presented awards in the following categories during the annual prize-giving event held in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin:

Forestry conference 2016

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The National Forestry Conference “Wood Mobilisation”  held in Enfield on July 1 heard how international developments such as the Arab Spring  uprisings and the housing market in China  affect wood mobilisation and price in Ireland. While local issues dominated the conference, international topics were also discussed by speakers who reminded the audience that Ireland now exports most of its sawn timber and virtually all panel board products.

Andrew Doyle,  Minister of State with responsibility for forestry, set the tone for the conference when he outlined the importance of a viable afforestation programme to supply the Irish sawmilling  and timber processing industry but emphasised the need to optimise the existing forest resource.

“We must also maximise the volume of raw material that is harvested from our forests, not just….

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WMF Seminar – Timber in Ground Contact – 3rd September 2015

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Seminar introduced by Paul Harvey, Chairperson, Wood Marketing Federation

 Seminar opened by Dr. Eugene Hendrick, Senior Inspector, Forest Service,

 COFORD, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

 Seminar chairperson: Dr. Annette Harte, Senior Lecturer, NUI Galway

 Presentation by following five experts who examined issues relating to enhancing the life of timber in ground contact as well as addressing the challenges and opportunities for home-grown timber in replacing non-renewable materials.

Pdf presentations below – please click blue link.

  • International perspective – Preservative Techniques – Ed Suttie,
    Director (Research) BRE (Building Research Establishment).

  • A Sawmillers Practical Approach To Timber In Ground Contact – Andrew Kidney,
    Production Director, Balcas Timber Ltd.
  • Improving The Quality Of Timber In Ground Contact – Janet Sycamore,
    Operations Director at Timber Decking and Cladding….

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Dublin IT, Letterfrack and Bray colleges, UCD and Queen’s

University win top prizes

Download Student Wood Awards Brochure 2015

The flexibility of wood was demonstrated by students throughout Ireland at the 2015 Third Level Student Wood Awards organised by the Wood Marketing Federation (WMF). Presented by Minister of State Tom Hayes last night in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, wood was researched for large-scale multi-storey buildings down to fashion accessories such as bow ties.

Minister Hayes acknowledged the wide range of projects after he toured the exhibition prior to the presentations. “It is fitting that the work of students is recognised by the forest industry because of its quality and because it represents an investment in the future of the sector,” he told the attendance at the awards ceremony.

Gerard Murphy, representing the main sponsor – Coillte – praised the students for producing innovative….

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The Wood Marketing Federation launched its new wood promotional booklet Wood Ireland – Pride in the Product in  2013 at Timber Expo, NEC Birmingham. The book is aimed specifically at our UK audience. It was a huge success and provided conclusive evidence that the Irish forestry and forest products sector is truly open for business. The 64-page booklet illustrates a vibrant industry, which is now export oriented. Pride in the Product has been circulated at exhibitions, seminars, workshops and trade shows in Ireland and the UK including Timber Expo. Enterprise Ireland has also agreed to circulate copies to customers and other stakeholders in the UK.

Tom Hayes, Minister of State with responsibility for forestry receives a copy of Pride in….

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Wood Marketing Federation-Woodcollective project wins Silver Gilt Medal at the Bloom Garden Festival

Wood and food in Garden of Plenty in Bloom   (click to see brochure here)

Irish timber processors in the Wood Marketing Federation  and food producers combined this year at Bloom to create a unique garden. Designed by Eugene Boyle, The Garden of Plenty – Sustainable Living which won the Silver Gilt medal. It was the first time that this combination – food and wood – was attempted at an Irish exhibition, which is surprising as both are compatible in many ways.

The Garden of Plenty – Sustainable Living, is a small interpretative and productive garden that began life at 8th Festival Internacional de Jardins de Ponte de Lima in Portugal last summer. The visitors to the Ponte de Lima festival would certainly appreciate the wood and drink connection as it just north of Douro Valley where the famous port wine is stored in oak barrels. The garden was….

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Briefing on EU Timber Regulation

The Wood Marketing Federation fully supports the EU Timber Regulation which came into force on 3rd March 2013. It has briefed its members and the wider timber industry on its implications including a meeting in Coillte HQ Newtownmountkennedy on Tuesday February 26.  Chaired by Paul Harvey, WMF Chairman, presentations were made by:

  • Stephen Fitzpatrick, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, who provided an  update on the regulation and its implications for the wood industry.
  • Ann  Weddle,  NEPCon UK & Ireland on the role of Monitoring Organisations.
  • Pat Neville, Coillte Stewardship & Risk on the Coillte view.


 The European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR) came into force on 3rd March 2013.  After that date any operator who places timber or timber products on the EU market for the first time must ensure that they have been legally produced.

 EUTR places an obligation of due diligence on importers who will face severe penalties if they….

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Wood Marketing Federation and Irish forest industry support major exhibition in Sitka spruce at Venice

THE WOOD MARKETING FEDERATION (WMF) recognises the enormous challenges facing the forest industry especially in its drive to increase export market share for home-grown timber. We promote the sector to key decision makers and stakeholders as a vibrant sustainable industry with major economic, environmental and social benefits.

A project we have identified for our 2012-13 programme is Vessel by the award winning architects O’Donnell + Tuomey. This is a major international project, which will promote Irish design and culture at the Venice Biennale. It also has huge potential in promoting Sitka spruce, a species at the centre of our forestry and forest products industry.

The Venice Biennale, begins in August, is regarded as the world’s greatest architectural exhibition. It is visited by the most influential international architects, designers, urban planners, developers and critics.

O’DONNELL + TUOMEY ARCHITECTS exhibited at the Biennale in 2004. This year David Chipperfield, artistic director, Biennale, has invited them to prepare a special….

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Wood for All Seasons seminar in Farmleigh

The Wood Marketing Federation organised a major seminar Wood for all Seasons seminar in Farmleigh on May 11. Shane McEntee, Minister of State, acknowledging the link between the forest and the end user provided the opening address while seven experts made presentations on the importance of wood as a sustainable material for construction and other applications.

The keynote speaker was Glen Howells, Glenn Howells Architects the Birmingham based practice. Howells who is Visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University has led the practice to win numerous major design competitions and awards for a diverse range of building types including the Savill Garden Visitor Centre, Windsor: Newman University College, Birmingham; and the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh. His talk featured a number of case studies including the Savill buildings. It is regarded as one of the finest examples of  sustainability, practicality and architectural elegance in one building where oak and larch….

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Woodspace at Timber Expo 2012

The Wood Marketing Federation timber pavilion, which was launched at the 2009 Plan Expo show in Dublin provided the exhibition space for the Irish delegation at Timber Expo 2012 in the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

The exhibition which was commissioned by the Wood Marketing Federation in 2008 featured Irish wood using eased edged all over Sitka spruce sourced from Murray Timber. Designed by the award-winning architect Ciaran O’Connor, the result was widely acclaimed at the time by visitors to Plan Expo.

The Wood Marketing Federation was delighted that the show organisers, Coillte,  Enterprise Ireland, Murray Timber Group, Grainger Sawmills and Glennon Brothers.

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