This week we are celebrating national tree week. There are initiatives across Ireland and you are invited to create your own event and invite friends and neighbours to join you. Check out their website http://www.treecouncil.ie/initiatives/treeweek2014.html
Plant a tree this week. It's a lifetime of joy.
In a statement released by Minister Hayes' office, State aid approval for forestry has been extended. Read the full statement below.
The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes TD, today welcomed the formal confirmation from the European Commission of the prolongation of the State aid approval for the Forestry Programme which has facilitated the re-opening of the Afforestation and other support schemes.
Over the last number of years forestry has risen in the evoked set for investors - both private and institutional.
Particularly since 2008 and the start of the recesssion, people have been looking to invest cash into an area that is providing an alternative to low interest rates. Forestry fits that bill very well.
Forestry, similar to rural property, is dominated by capital growth rather than cash yield returns. And with the very favourable tax rates in Ireland your returns are treated to maximise value and encourage further investment into the area.
Irish President, Michael D Higgins, was supportive of forestry in Ireland and was encouraging more planting across the country.
In a brief meeting with our President, Green Belt informed the President of the numerous benefits to our economy as well as to the environment that result from a strong planting program. President Higgins was impressed with the wide reaching positives.
The acronym GLAS stands for Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme.
The new initiative ties in with the green vision for Irish agriculture as contained in Food Harvest 2020 and as promoted by Bord Bia in the Origin Green campaign.
The scheme is green as it preserves Ireland's traditional hay meadows and low input pastures; low-carbon as it retains the carbon stocks in soil through margins and habitat preservation and practices such as minimum tillage and agri-environment as it promotes agricultural actions which enhance the rural environment.