Growing ash for hurleys.

  • B. Fitzsimons Research Branch, Forest & Wildlife Service, Sidmonton Place, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
  • W.B. Luddy Research Branch, Forest & Wildlife Service, Abbey Street, Wicklow.
Keywords: Ash, Fraxinus excelsior L., hurley production, optimum butt size, butt quality, timber end use, silviculture.


A project to determine the optimum size butt in monetary terms for the production of hurleys from the Common Ash (Fraxinus excelsior L.) is described and the results presented. A system for growing ash for hurley production is outlined. A variety of silvicultural systems for ash are examined for profitability and compared with likely returns from Sitka spruce on the same sites.
How to Cite
Fitzsimons, B. and Luddy, W. (1986) “Growing ash for hurleys.”, Irish Forestry. Available at: (Accessed: 18April2024).