Seed Collection Training Day - September 14th, 2017

Woodlands of Ireland and the Forest Service will host a Native Tree and Shrub Seed Collection Training Day - see below for details:


Seed Collection Training Course

Location: Arthur Martin Memorial Hall, Church Street, Killeshandra, County Cavan

Date: September 14th, 2017


9.15 – 9.30                Declan Little – Welcome, Introduction and Native Woodland Strategy re targets concerning native tree and shrub stock requirements

9.30 – 10.00              Brian Clifford, Forest Service - Relevant policy & seed collection guidelines - Forest Reproductive Material categories, Seed stands: The National Register of Basic Material (i.e. native woodland seed stands by species/area & current management), Forest Genetic Resources Seed stand & Orchard scheme, collection strategies to conserve genetic diversity, EUFGIS, and the Forest Genetic Resources Working Group, COFORD Council 2015-2018.

10.00 – 10.25            Derek Felton, Woodstock seeds – Collecting native tree Seed: principles and best practice, tools and timing

10.25 – 10.50            Cahal Ryan, Forest Service – The marketing of forest reproductive material and associated regulation/requirements under Council Directive 1999/105/EC, seed stands, and seed collector registration

10.50 – 11.15            Ralph Barron, Forest Service Northern Ireland, Plant Health Inspection Branch - The application of Forest Reproductive Materials regulations (Northern Ireland) regarding tree seed

11.15 – 11.30            Tea/coffee

11.30 – 11.55            Larry Behan, None-so-Hardy Nurseries – Seed requirements, quality, viability, processing and storage

11.55 – 12.20            Joe Gowran, Muintir na Coille - Woodland management and seed collection, risk assessment and insurance

12.20 – 12.30            Introduction to Field exercise – Heather Bothwell

12.30 – 13.00            Lunch - participants are asked to bring a packed lunch

13.00 – 16.00            Field excursion: Heather Bothwell and Derek Felton - Seed collection in practice (at a selection of woodlands in the vicinity of Killeshandra)


Notes: A fee of €40 per person is being charged to cover costs associated with organising the event.

Payment can be made preferably via electronic payment to Woodlands of Ireland Project, AIB 7-12 Dame street, Dublin 2

IBAN: IE61 AIBK 9320 8638 1120 91 BIC: AIBKIE2D or alternatively, by cheque/postal order on the day made out to ‘Woodlands of Ireland’ or by cash

Participants should also have appropriate outdoor raingear and footwear and don’t forget to bring a packed lunch.

Places will be limited to 50 participants. To register, contact Declan Little at