The Forest Service have issued weather warnings about the potential for forest fires this week due to a period of high pressure weather leading to a higher risk potential for forest fires. Please see the dowload issued by the forest service about this.
Take particular notice of the avice about fires and farming.
Dasos Capital in partnership with the EIB and ISIF are heading up a forestry fund in Ireland of €112 million
Green Belt, Ireland's largest private forestry group are proud to be the national manager for Dasos, with responsibility for assessment, acquisition and management of the relevant properties. Quality, species and access are important requirements when considering each purchase. Ideally, areas of Sitka Spruce no less than 40 acres are to be considered and a similar area for land purchases.
Green belt will assess the land and/ or forest and a realsitic market price can be negotiated. We would urge those considering selling land and/ or forestry to have title documents prepared or in the process of being prepared through their solicitors. This will significantly improve closing time.
We have seen many parties who planted in the last 15 - 20 years seek to sell their forestry having enjoyed the generous premium. Now many are looking to reinvest the monies from the sale of their forestry into either new plantations or other ventures.
If you would like a conversation about selling your land or your forestry, please call Maurice Ryan on 087 675 3097 or email
Green Belt wishes to congratulate the new team for Agriculture in Ireland. TD Michael Creed in Cork, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Andrew Doyle TD as his junior minister over food, forestry and horticulture.
Both have very impressive pedigree and bring many years relevant experience to their respective positions. With the increasing impact of fossil fuels and carbon emmissions on our environment and economy, it is essential we continue the good work of the previous regime and build on the momentum in forestry across Ireland.
Commisioner Phil Hogan said the initiative could boost investment in the ruarl economy across Europe by up to €20 billio. Farmers and others involved in rural development are to be given access to cheaper and longer terms loans from the European Investment Bank after a new memorandum of understanding between the EU and the Bank was launched in Brussels.
The funds will be available for farmer and co-op investments linked to the Government's Rural Development Programme. EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said he expects farmers to use the scheme for a range of projects, including large on-farm investments needed for restructuring the dairy sector after the ending of milk quotas, and also to help young farmers to get started in agriculture.
This is the first time that European Investment Bank funds have been made available to farmers. Mr Hogan said the initiative could boost investment in the rural economy across Europe by up to €20 billion over the next six years.
Meanwhile, the president of the Irish Farmers' Association has said farmers are hopeful for flexibility from the Government on an EU Directive under which the amount of money which individual farmers receive in grants will be published online. The IFA has said farmers are concerned that their private information would be published and that it may be a security risk. Eddie Downey said farmers have invested extremely well to grow their industry, and he said he did not think the publication of personal details was necessary.
He said farmers were hopeful that the Department of Agriculture could treat the information as sensitively as possible, with the IFA hopeful that publishing the name and local town or townland of the farmer would be enough to satisfy the directive.