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., & Luddy, W. (1986). Growing ash for hurleys. Irish Forestry. Retrieved from