Pro Silva Ireland

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Manus Crowley

18 Marian Place
R95 R9W3 Bennettsbridge

Kilkenny - Ireland

cell phone: +353-87-4165106
contact: manus(at)

international delegates

immediate past chair 2019-2023
Liam Byrne
Woodland Contractor & Sawmiller
Barnbawn RoadGlenealy - Ireland

cell phone: +353-87-6813640

Immediate Past Chair 2016-2019
Paddy Purser
M.Agr.Sc.(Forestry) MSIF
Croghan Lodge, Woodenbridge
Avoca - Ireland

e-mail: ptr(at)

cellphone: +353-87-2633766

board member and secretary Padraig O'Tuama is the important link between Ireland and Pro Silva.


  • members: 212, plus 6 student members
  • yearly events: 2 field days, occasionally excursions abroad
  • exemplary forests: Knockrath private forest (co Wicklow), Cloragh Private Forest (co. Wicklow)
  • reference stands: 7 according to AFI standards
  • martelloscopes: 2 broadleaf, 1 softwood
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Pro Silva Ireland

ProSilva Ireland was founded in June 2000 and has currently a membership of close to 100 members.
Membership is made up of forest owners, foresters and others who wish to practice and learn more about ProSilva close-to-nature forestry practice.

ProSilva Ireland recognises and values the unique history of Irish forestry and its past, current and potential contribution at local, regional and national levels.

Members are convinced of the need in Ireland for a greater range of management skills amongst foresters and forest owners. Pro Silva Ireland is an all-Ireland organisation, embracing membership from both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. References to Ireland refer jointly to both jurisdictions.
The organisation was founded in order to develop and promote ProSilva Principles as an alternative to clear-felling in Irish forestry.

ProSilva Ireland is a recognised member of the European umbrella organisation ProSilva Europe, which was founded in Slovenia in 1989. ProSilva Ireland is a non-profit organisation and is a Registered Charity (Number CHY 16703).

main focus

  • Translation of Belgium Pro Silva CCF management handbook into English for distribution to woodland owners, foresters or contractors.
  • Development of CCF management training course which will utilize the above book as a teaching resource.
  • Continued engagement with media to promote and educate on CCF management techniques.

recent success

On 22 January 2019 the Irish Minister of State for Forestry announced a new grant scheme dedicated to Continuous Cover Forestry. Read more under NEWS FROM IRELAND.

order English version of Booklet Pro Silva Silviculture go to News from Ireland go to website Pro Silva Ireland

foto gallery from Pro Silva Ireland Field Days 2011 and 2016 - (C) Eckart Senitza

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