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Leitrim forestry to be discussed on RTE show

Wednesday, 14th February, 2018 4:59pm

Leitrim forestry to be discussed on RTE show

Ear to the Ground presenter Ella McSweeney, farmer Colm Stenson and Fintan Kelly of Birdwatch Ireland.JPG

An RTÉ rural affairs show is set to discuss County Leitrim's vexed forestry issue this week. 

The press promo for Ear To The Ground, which airs tomorrow (Thursday, February 15) on RTÉ One at 8.30pm, outlines: 

"Farmers have worked the land in Co Leitrim for generations, but things are changing - there’s a forestry boom and plantations are appearing all over the county, but not everyone is on board with it. 
"The price of land has increased as investors seek to enter the forestry scheme, which is tax free. Some farmers say they can't expand and grow their business because of a lack of available land. Colm Stenson, a young farmer outside Carrick-On-Shannon, is one of the concerned residents who is struggling to expand his farm due to the lack of land. Colm is a part-time farmer and until he can source reasonably priced land to grow, he will be unable to go fulltime with his passion. 
"Ella McSweeney travels to Leitrim to meet Colm and to find out more about the reservations in the area."

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