Winners of the “The Forest Harvest”  Teagasc Forest Photo Competition Announced

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The Teagasc Forestry Development Department today announced the prize winners in category 3 of its ongoing forest photo competition ‘Celebrating the New Forestry Programme 2023-2027’. The theme of category 3 is “The Forest Harvest”. Forests of course provide a bountiful harvest of timber and firewood, but there are other products from the forest such as berries, mushrooms and even edible leaves and sap. The variety of products was reflected in the photo entries from both the adult and junior age categories. Once again, hundreds of entries were received from across the country.

The winner of the adult category is Alicia Dempsey from Westport, County Mayo and the winner of the junior category is Jake Byrne from Kilkenny.

Alicia’s photograph transmits a quiet tranquillity. She says that walking in the woods and observing the gifts of nature helped her to get through a difficult time. It is a reminder that another “product” of woodlands is the peace and quiet to be found there. The image also reminds us of the food provided by forests in the form of nuts and fruits. Acorns have played a significant role in human nutrition in the past and of course are an important seasonal source of food for many wild animals.

Jakes entry is simple and effective. A lot of fun can be had from a few pieces of timber and a bit of imagination!

Both Alicia and Jake will receive vouchers worth €300 and will also be entered into the Grand Final on 15 December. The overall winners, to be announced on December 19, will be chosen by popular vote and each will receive a voucher for a further €300.

The winning photos, as well as those highly commended by the judges in the “The Forest Harvest” category, will shortly be available for viewing on the forestry section of the Teagasc website at www.teagasc.ie/forestphotos23

Teagasc again wishes to thank the many entrants to the competition – for taking part, for presenting such fantastic entries and for reminding us all to look more closely at our woodlands and the beauty contained therein.

About Teagasc College Of Amenity Horticulture

The College of Amenity Horticulture is located at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, 5km north west of the city centre and is accessible by the 4, 9 and 83 buses.

Having our college located in the National Botanic Gardens provides students with a unique training opportunity. There is a strong tradition of training at the National Botanic Gardens dating back to 1812.

Our aim is to train students for employment in the amenity horticulture industry. We provide our training in association with OPW, Dublin Municipal Parks departments and a large selection of Horticultural Businesses.

Currently we are providing training for 300 students between all our courses. There is a balance of both school leavers and mature participants among the students. The College of Amenity Horticulture is non-residential with students finding accommodation in the locality.

While on courses students are trained in the theory and practice of horticulture and get an opportunity to work in a practical way alongside skilled horticulturalists as part of their training.

Graduates of our courses contribute in many sectors of the horticulture industry, such as, landscape design and construction, garden centres, parks, estate gardens, grounds maintenance and greenkeeping.

All aspects of Horticulture are being studied on our programmes from Level 5 to Level 7 and prospective students should contact the college directly or attend a careers and course day to find out more information.

Steven Galvin

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