A special presentation has been made to Clogheen couple John and Breda Moran, for their contribution to forestry and agri tourism.
Making the presentation, Minister Tom Hayes congratulated John and Breda. “While we are aware of the economic returns from forestry, the development by the Morans of their forestry plantation to maximise their agri-tourism offering highlights the potential of forestry to complement other enterprises, this should serve as a prime example of what is achievable in the sector. The use of woodlands for recreation is a key non-timber benefit and I congratulate the Morans on identifying and fulfilling that aspect of their investment in forestry for the enjoyment of many.”
Located at the foothills of the Knockmealdown Mountains, the Morans ran a dairy farm until 2003, along with their farmhouse guesthouse. They decided (with advice from FSL) to diverse into farm forestry and planted 28 hectares of amenity species including sycamore, ash, birch, holly and walnut with walkways and ponds. Their farmhouse guesthouse was set up in 1991 and now they also have self catering and tea rooms with forest walks, climbing, boating and fishing proving very popular with their guests. Paddy Bruton, MD of Forestry Services Ltd, said: “It has been a pleasure for us at FSL to work with John and Breda over the past 10 years; they have shown great care and attention to detail with the layout of the plantation with walkways, ponds and amenity species which has resulted in both commercial woodland and a very attractive amenity for visitors to Ballyboy House. This is a plantation the Morans and FSL can be very proud of.”
Breda Moran said: “This has been a fantastic journey since we set up the farmhouse guesthouse in 1991 and has been a labour of love for us. Getting involved with the forestry plantation when we retired from cows 10 years ago has worked very well for us and we really appreciate all the help advice and support we have got from Paddy Bruton and FSL.” She also thanked Failte Ireland and Teagasc