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Teagasc and Pieta House to build a ‘Garden of Hope’ for Bloom

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The danger of forest fires: be prepared.


Uncontrolled wildfires can have devastating consequences. We can all help protecting our countryside, forest resource, and property by being vigilant and being prepared.

Be vigilant
The Forest Service (DAFM) issues useful Forest Fire Danger Ratings during the main wildfire risk season from February through to September. These weather warning systems are color coded. Increasing levels of preparation and vigilance are required as the risk levels scale from Green through to Red. The current condition is Orange:
- Condition Green – Low Fire Risk Conditions
- Condition Yellow – Moderate Hazard Alert. Be Aware
- Condition Orange – High Fire Risk. Be Prepared
- Condition Red – Extreme Fire Risk. Take Immediate Action
Check the current Forest Fire Danger Rating here. Teagasc Forestry tweets (@teagascforestry) also provide regular updates during periods of high fire risk.

What you can do to prevent forest fires
Forest owners should have appropriate measures in place to minimize the threat to their forests from wildfires during the current high-risk season. Reduce the risk of danger to your forest by following these simple, cost-effective steps:
1. Check forest fire danger ratings regularly.
2. Fire plan. Ensure you have an up-to-date fire plan in place. Include a map showing access, assembly points, water sources as well as essential contact details. Have fire-fighting tools such as beaters, buckets and knapsack sprayers to hand and ready to use. 
3. Work with neighbors. Co-operation is vital. Explain your concerns to your neighbors. Neighbors should develop joint fire plans sharing responsibilities. 
4. Be vigilant. Especially following dry spells: a period of 24-48 hours is sufficient to dry out dead moorland vegetation following rain, where windy conditions exist. Be particularly vigilant at weekends and at evening times. If the fire is detected, do not delay, summon help immediately and activate your fire plan. Do not rely on others to call the Fire Service. 
5. Check fire breaks and access routes. Inspect fire breaks regularly and keep vegetation-free. Maintain access routes and gates to your forest. 
6. Ensure your timber crop. Make sure adequate insurance cover is in place. Consider appropriate cover for re-establishment costs, timber values and fire brigade call out charges.
7. Report losses. If your forest is damaged by fire, report this to the nearest Garda Station and to the Forest Service (DAFM).

Source: HortiTrends News Room

Featured Event


11 September 2017 - 13 September 2017

The NEC @ North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT, UK

Glee Birmingham 2017

Join us at Glee 2017 to see the launch of hundreds of new products, discover the future customer buying trends and seize the opportunity to meet over 500 suppliers!

At Glee we bring the most exciting exhibitors together with the most powerful and influential visitors and buyers in the industry. Spread across 8 select show sectors Glee offers three jam-packed days of networking, selling and purchasing which are not to be missed. Whilst discovering the latest in innovative products, you can also meet hundreds of new and existing suppliers all under one roof. Taking place at the perfect time of year to re-stock your shelves just before Christmas, Glee is the most crucial garden trade event in any retailer’s calendar.

Offering thousands of the newest and most inspirational garden retail products from over 550+ suppliers, Glee welcomes all kinds of exhibitors from across 8 carefully edited show sectors. If you have your own brand, garden centre, shop or make or grow your own products, we have a spot just for you. With visitors from multiples, independents and online retailers, it’s the perfect opportunity to launch and showcase your product collections, nurture your existing relationships and grow new ones.

Date, Time & Location
11 to 13 September 2017

The NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

Mon 11 Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Tues 12 Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Wed 13 Sept - 9:00 - 16:00