Tree felling championships

50 September 24 1968 tree felling SM Farm

The Northern Ireland tree felling championship was won at Baronscourt Estate by a Draperstown man, Jim Johnston, an employee in Ballynascreen Forest.

His points total of 85½ was 14 ahead of the title holder, Samuel Monaghan, who works in the Duke of Abercorn’s forest at Baronscourt.

Third was William Hamilton, of the Ministry’s forest at Baronscourt, who scored 68 points.

Mr Johnston was presented with the McGregor Cup by the Minister of Agriculture, Major J Chichester-Clark.

The competitions were held on the Duke of Abercorn’s estate and attracted forestry workers and supporters from all over the Province.

Major Chichester-Clark was welcomed by Mr K F Parkin, Chief forest officer for Northern Ireland.

The Minister thanked both the competitors and spectators for their presence and congratulated the winners, particularly in the tree felling competition.

He said he was most impressed by their performance and by the skill and high standard in all the competitions.

Welcoming representatives of the Northern Ireland Fire Authority, Major Chichester-Clark said he hoped the public would bear in mind how serious a problem fire was to everyone who had anything to do with forests.

When they used forest parks he hoped they would remember that a moment of forgetfulness could result in a lot of damage.

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