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.
Have you considered planting land with trees? Do you know all there is to know about it? Contact us to speak with your local forestry expert who will highlight all the options available to you and show you why 8,000 people have already planted 300,000 acres of forestry with Green Belt.
You might not know that you will always own the trees, you will always own the land and the term of the contrat with Green Belt is only 4 years, when the plantation is established. Of course we recommend continuing your management with us as your forestry plantation will improve with better management.
Green Belt have a number of investment opportunities available for people loking to invest into a safe, secure commodity which offers strong returns consistently.
Forestry certification is a much spoken about topic across Ireland at the moment, but is perhaps not as well understood as it could be. Certification is important today but will grow in significance to the Irish timber market into the near future. What certification signifies, whether it is PEFC or FSC, is that the timber has been managed and harvested to ethical and pre determined standrds. While Ireland already has a very high quality of forestry management practice, an independent body is required to certify it for the international markets.
Green Belt discussed the future of forestry and timber harvesting at the recent Talking Timber event in Templeglantine in Co Limerick. Speaking with Misnister Hayes, we were encouraged by his appetite to advance the forestry sector and to assist the farmer in further educating themselves about the importance of thinning their plantation.
Many items were discussed, including the road grant issues, the variety of timber quality and thus prices, the tax implications among other items. Green Belt are delighted with the efforts being made by Minister Hayes, who is continuing on the great work of his predecessor Minister Shane McEntee.