Short Rotation Forestry (SRF) / Energy Crops are grown specifically for energy purposes. Typically includes the production of wood fuel from trees with high juvenile growth, which are planted at close spacing and harvested on short rotations (typically every three years). Species such as Willow are ideal for SRF, as they are easy to establish, fast growing and suitable for a variety of sites and resistant to pests and disease. Land for short rotation forestry is likely to come from: non-rotational arable set aside land and land that is not in arable use - i.e. beef or sheep production. Changes in the agricultural sector in Ireland due to CAP reform mean that more land will become available for forestry and energy crop cultivation.
Download Short Rotation Coppice Willow Best Practice Guidelines 2010 - Teagasc and Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute of Northern Ireland