Pro Silva Annual Meeting 2023

14th-16th June 2023 Co. Wicklow (Ireland)

“Transforming forests and forest cultures in a changing world”

Invitation to Ireland

Pro Silva Ireland is delighted to invite you to the Pro Silva Annual Meeting and AGM from Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th June, in Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

The meeting will share Ireland’s story in transforming our forests from even-aged monocultures to more diverse, multifunctional forests. It will focus on the progress made in Ireland in delivering resilient forests that are economically sustainable and benefit people, the environment and climate, as well as some of the specific challenges we face in Ireland in introducing and implementing close to nature management practices.

The programme starts on Wednesday 14th morning with registration and official Annual Meeting of Pro Silva. In the afternoon follows a trip Wicklow Mountains National Park with Theme - History and culture of forestry in Ireland, also including short tour of Glendalough monastic site, visit to a native woodland and native woodland afforestation sites, Irish Forest policy at landscape level. The day ends in an Irish pub in the mountains.

On Thursday 15th a visit to Ballycullen Forest will present the TranSSfor project with theme - Research and education and presentation of 12 years of research on the transformation of young Sitka spruce plantations. In the afternoon a walking tour of Cloragh Forest is planned with theme: practice and training - sharing the experience of 18 years of transforming mixed-age stands, highlighting multifunctional aspects of forestry including timber production and training. The evening closes with a celebration dinner with a forest theme at the hotel with music and entertainment.

On Friday 16th June the meeting closes with a visit to Knockrath Forest with the theme:  practice and the environment - Timber production, presentation of AFI data, river catchment management. This will be followed by an In-forest panel discussion on national and international CCF policy. In the afternoon the excursion leads to Dublin mountains Coillte Nature with theme – forest and people: The experience of Coillte (semi-state forestry body) in transforming plantations to permanent irregular forests adjacent to Dublin City for the provision of environmental and recreational benefits. The evening closes again with Irish pub experience an evening dinner and more Irish hospitality.

Time schedule

  • Tuesday 13th June is the travel day for arrival
  • Wednesday 14th June to Friday 16th June conference and excursion programme
  • Saturday, 17th June 2023 is planned for returning or individual cultural programme


  • By air into Dublin airport
  • By sea into Dublin Port or Rosslare
meeting principles

The meeting principles will be

  • Balance between all aspects of contemporary, close-to-nature forestry in Ireland
  • Intensive and focused technical discussions, assisted by an external moderator
  • Short distances between the different excursion sites
  • Concerted presentations of forest stands and issues
  • Getting in touch with the culture, country and people of Ireland
  • Adequate spare time for active exchanges

draft programme, 27th Februray 2023 - final programme due May 2023

here you can download the Final Programme go back to Annual Meeting 2022 go on to Annual Meeting 2024
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