Irish Forestry Show 2013

The Irish Forestry Woodland and Bio Energy Show ( will be held on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May 2013 at Stradbally Hall, Co Laois.

The Irish Treecare Association will be running the Irish National Tree Climbing championships here. This will take the form of 5 disciplines: throw line, speed climb, foot lock, work climb and aerial rescue which are timed and scored by judges on day one. The five highest-scoring competitors then go through to the Masters Competition on day two. This could lead to competing in the European Tree Climbing championships held every year. For more information on tree climbing championships, go to

As well as bringing together all those involved in the forestry and arboricultural industry to compare notes, it is a lively social weekend; there is camping in the grounds and with a lot of old and new friends getting together the nights are long and the craic is mighty!

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme

The Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme supports young people who are aged 18-30 and who are employed or working less than 16 hours a week. Support options on offer include: Business skills training and business planning support; Potential start-up loan funding (up to £4000 for a sole trader and up to £5000 for a partnership); In special circumstances, grants up to £1500; Up to 2 years’ support from a volunteer business mentor; Access to specialist support, including a free legal helpline.
For those who start a business, access to a wide range of free and discounted products/services. If you are considering starting your own business or know a young person who is, register for a workshop in your area.

The Royal Ulster Winter Fair

13th December 2012 at King’s Hall Pavilions, King’s Hall Complex, Belfast

Celebrating 27 years promoting the dairy industry, The Royal Ulster Winter Fair, sponsored by Northern Bank, is an established and successful event in the agricultural calendar. Visitors will see the highest quality of dairy cattle livestock on show as well as having the opportunity to find out what the industry has to offer. It also provides an excellent vehicle for exhibitors to market their products and services to the dairy farming industry. The event features showing classes for Holstein, Ayrshire, Dairy Shorthorn and Jersey breeds. With accommodation for 200 cattle and over 3500 sqm of trade stand space, this is an event not to be missed!”

Arbortec will be there to spread the good word about our licence-to-practice chainsaw training and maybe have a glass of milk!