Green Belt Irish Forest Plantation

Green Belt - Experts in Forestry, Experts in Forestry Investment

Green Belt Ltd is the national market leader in new forest establishment and forestry management.

The company, founded by Tim O'Brien and Mossie Ryan in 1982, is now 28 people strong with 20 full time professional foresters, managers and a support staff based in Virginia, County Cavan. Green Belt employs almost 600 seasonal contract workers across Ireland. Contact a local Green Belt Advisor.

Client Base

Green Belt has established 400,000 acres of private forestry across Ireland for more than 10,000 clients. Since 2014, Green Belt has acquired €23 million of assets for investment clients. It plants in excess of 8,000 acres of new forests each year for its client base of farmers, private estate owners, Irish pension funds and major investment portfolios.

Green Belt also harvests in excess of 150,000 tonnes of timber annually. This timber is marketed to Irish sawmills and provides 40,000 tonnes of biomass for semi state bodies. Rather than resting on its laurels, Green Belt is continually exploring market opportunities in renewable energy and the BioEconomy.

Industry Expertise

Green Belt relies on its local network of experienced, professional foresters to secure suitable land and to provide the optimal return for any plantation. The ability to identify investment opportunities with both excellent forestry fundamentals (soil quality, climatic conditions, aspect, slope, and nutrient availability) and investment fundamentals (proven markets, transport and industrial infrastructure and labour force management) is key to successful timberland investment.

Although working predominantly in Irish forestry, Green Belt also works in the UK, Eastern Europe and Central America. Forestry management plans, thinning and harvesting and continuous evaluation through to clearfell has secured Green Belt's position as a trusted Irish forestry management company.

Latest from Green Belt


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.

Offloading timber at the port.

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.

Aug. 23, 2018

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.

Irish Examiner Article on Planting Forests
Aug. 17, 2018

By Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, Political Correspondent

All farmers will have to plant a portion of their land with trees if Ireland is to avoid multimillion-euro fines, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed has suggested.

Timber Stacked in Forest
July 11, 2018

Green Belt has increased its harvesting activities across the whole country. This has resulted in improved logistical structures and broader markets. All of this improves the prices earned from early harvesting for our clients.