The Today marks the official opening of Teagasc’s new horticulture training and research facilities in Ashtown, Ireland. Over €2.1 million has been invested in facilities including a modern Glasshouse of 1725 m² equipped with advanced systems for research, a turf grass academy, a Horticultural Utility Building, a large multi-span Forestry polytunnel and additional polytunnells and structures which have various specific uses. The other primary piece of infrastructure on the site is the Mushroom research unit which has 100m2 of growing area to support a dedicated mushroom research programme.
Speaking at the opening, Minister Doyle said: “I firmly believe the development we witness today is a tribute to the wisdom and foresight of the Teagasc Board when they took the decision to approve this investment; it clearly was the right decision and has resulted in facilities of an appropriately high standard being available for Horticulture and Forestry staff. Furthermore, it represents a key resource for the relevant sectors and for students and academics alike.”