March 14, 2014
Fel Open a new office in Enniscorthy
FEL are delighted to announce the opening of an office in the South East. Due to a growing demand from local farmers wanting to invest and the need of for forest management expertise in Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford Forest Enterprises Ltd. (FEL) have opened an office in Enniscorthy Mart, Co. Wexford.
Fel have 3 local foresters, Joe Codd from Cleariestown, Tom O’Dwyer from New Ross and Peter Stuart from Gorey that are accessible to local farmers, land owners, investors, contractors and industry bodies, such as the Forest Services and Teagasc, in the South East. The office in the South East will act as a base to service our clients. Tom O’Dwyer is available to meet on mart days Tuesday and Wednesdays. He is available by appointment on other days.
Inclement weather and resulting income shortages are two of the biggest pressures that farmers face daily and this has led to a demand in forestry expertise and guidance. While last summer’s weather was exceptionally fine, the winter brought high-rainfall and strong winds which made it difficult to farm and earn a living from marginal land. Forestry is often suited to this type of land.
Joe Codd, director of sales explains why the decision was made to open an Ennicorthy branch, “Being a farmer myself from Cleariestown I understand the plight of the farmer and the need for expert help and clarity on your new or existing forestry investment. A lot of money can be lost if you do not receive the correct information”
He added: “After the storms in February, FEL wanted to provide a better response and security for our local farmers and Enniscorthy is a good base to cover the South East counties and provide the farmers and forest owners in the South east with expert local experience, immediate advice and support on how to recover and thrive from the storms”.
Daragh Little, MD of FEL added: “Many farmers are selecting to plant forestry to supplement their income with other traditional farm enterprises. Forestry can earn farmers up to €208.00 per hectare an annum in premiums for the next 20 years, as well earning income from timber sales”.
Forestry offers stable income on marginal land, and this land is perfect for the main commercial species, which have high growth rates in Ireland well above the European average, due to our rainy climate.
The government recognises the contribution forestry makes through jobs and income to the rural economy and Government support for forestry has remained strong in recent years with Forestry being 100% grant aided and costing nothing to establish meaning that from the start, you earn a tax efficient income from your forest which also, importantly does not affect Farmers Single Farm Payment
Over the years FEL has developed a broad experience and expertise in all aspects of forestry and welcome enquiries from inexperienced and first time landowners and farmers. For more information on the, growing forestry industry please contact Tom O‘Dwyer FEL on 1800 719 399 or firstname.lastname@example.org