Minister Andrew Doyle @ADoyleTD and Forest Service inspector Robert Hamilton visited the Green Belt stand (Block 3, Row 6, Stand 156) on Tuesday September 18th.
Green Belt - Your Forestry, Your Future
Green Belt is Ireland's largest private forestry group specialising in professional timberland management. Since 1982 Green Belt has established more than 400,000 acres of new forestry across Ireland. They have managed this private estate through its lifetime, enhancing the environmental, social and economic value of the forest through sustainable forestry management techniques.
The private estate is evolving in Ireland. Proactive investment, predominantly indigenous, is adding further value to a fragmented estate. There are vast opportunites to become involved in the revolution.
As Green Belt was at the forefront of private and institutional forestry establishment throughout the 1980's and 1990's, so they are in the lifecycle of forestry with harvesting, clearfelling and reafforestation. The fragementation of the entire private estate (365,00 hectares across 21,000 owners) means, the economies of scale can be difficult to achieve as a private owner.
Green Belt are recognising the fact that many of the original forest owners are now in a position where they would prefer to sell their forestry asset. This presents attractive options for those looking to secure their families long term financial security and stability.
There are 20 professional forestry management experts operating nationwide for Green Belt. These managers are proficient in afforestation (new planting), timber harvesting (thinning and clearfell) and management reports on the forestry estate. This group is backed up by a team of administrators from the head quarters in Virginia, County Cavan.
Green Belt continues to explore opportunities on behalf of their clients and has successfully invested in Scotland, the UK, Eastern Europe and Central America. In fact, the last investment into Panama was so well received, Green Belt is reinvesting into Panama Teak.
With the evolution within the private estate, further developments and relationships will develop. Green Belt has expertise within the energy sector, in aprticular in timber supply agreements, as well as facilitating wind farm developments and co-working on CHP and AD plants.
Latest from Green Belt
Green Belt is continuing its nationwide harvesting operations. Ensuring best returns for the forest owner is a key principle, and that means we explore all the available markets to deliver the strongest prices on the market.
Green Belt’s investment objective is to acquire c.2,400 hectares of forestry land in Panama and to develop teak plantations over the next 5 years, targeting compounded returns of 7%-8% per annum.
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