Green Belt is Ireland's largest private forestry group and as such, offers opportunities to those interested in either becoming involved or expanding their involvement in forestry. Below we have highlighted some options to consider. Further information is available on all Green Belt's services:
Tax Free Capital Growth
Your forest will appreciate in value annually tax free. By the time the forest reaches 15 years maturity your thinnings will be ready for use as fencing stakes, pulp or woodchip. From year 15 onwards the thinnings become more valuable and the uses for your timber become more variable as your trees mature. A well-managed crop of Sitka Spruce should be ready for clearfell after 30-35 years, depending on the site, and at today's prices should yield a return of over €8,000 per acre (excluding the land) at clearfell.
Annual Tax Free Income
Farm forestry will generate a tax free income which is paid annually. The premium rates will depend on the species planted and classification of land. This annual tax free premium is payable for a period of 15 years and is based on the species planted. the majority of commercial forestry in Ireland receives €510 per hectare for 15 years.
Generous Grants Mean No Capital Investment
When you decide to plant your land; there is a grant to cover the planting costs. In nearly all cases it is sufficient to cover everything from planting to establishment to fencing. This means you are acquiring a substantial asset without the need for a personal capital investment. As the forestry earns continually throughout its life, there is no opportunity cost with establishing a plantation. For many it is an ideal earner, with a generous pay-out at clearfell.
Green Belt Ltd is Ireland's largest private forestry company - Green Belt was established in 1982 since then it has seen substantial growth and currently ranks as the largest and most progressive private forestry company in this country - managing in excess of 400,000 planted acres.
Green Belt manages forestry plantations for large institutions, pension funds and private wealth. Over the last 4 years, Green Belt has managed investment placement of €23 million into planting lands and semi mature forestry across Ireland.
As part of your investment, Green Belt explores the potential for valorisation of the timber beyond ' traditional' markets. Our focus as investment managers is aligned with the investors and a solid communication foundation and reporting structure provides transparency and delivers excellent results.