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Forestry in Ireland – Investment in Forestry & Forestry Establishment - Green Belt
Grants & Schemes

Grants & Schemes (7)

Below is a list of Grants and Schemes available to people looking to invest in forestry. Green Belt can assist you with any of the applications so please get in touch if you have any questions.

Forest Road Scheme
This scheme provides opportunities to forest owners to improve access to forests. Forest roads provide additional biodiversity opportunities in the forest by increasing open spaces and forest edge effect.
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Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme
The Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme provides a package to encourage planting of forests by compensating forest owners towards the costs of forestry establishment and for the income foregone during the maturation of the timber crop.
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Premium Payment
premium sheet imagePremia are payable only in relation to plantations which qualify for an Afforestation Grant. Applicants must be over 18 years of age. The Scheme has two rates, the Farmer Rate and the Non-Farmer Rate of premium.
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Woodland Improvement Scheme
This scheme has been amended to limit funding for woodland improvement work associated with tending and thinning of young broadleaves planted post 1980. Funding may also be provided where brashing is required to facilitate manual application of fertiliser where aerial fertilisation is not possible.
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Native Woodland Scheme
The Native Woodland Scheme (NWS) is aimed at protecting, enhancing and expanding Ireland's native woodland resource and associated biodiversity, through appropriate planting and management.
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native-woodland-establishment-schemeThe Native Woodland Scheme (NWS) is aimed at protecting, enhancing and expanding Ireland's native woodland resource and associated biodiversity, through appropriate planting and management. Where compatible, the scheme also encourages the growing of quality hardwood. The NWS is implemented by the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, in partnership with Woodlands of Ireland, National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Heritage Council. The scheme comprises two separate elements: Conservation (focused on protecting and enhancing existing native woodland) and Establishment (focused on creating new native woodland).

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This scheme has been amended to limit funding for woodland improvement work associated with tending and thinning of young broadleaves planted post 1980. Funding may also be provided where brashing is required to facilitate manual application of fertiliser where aerial fertilisation is not possible.

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The new afforestation and premium rates, as effective from January 1st, 2011.

premium sheet imagePremia are payable only in relation to plantations which qualify for an Afforestation Grant.

Applicants must be over 18 years of age. The Scheme has two rates, the Farmer Rate and the Non-Farmer Rate of premium.

Click on the document link below to open or download the latest levels of premium payments in information brochure format:

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Are forest premiums subject to Income Tax?

The annual forestry premium received under the Afforestation Premium Scheme is exempt from Income Tax but please note that the Revenue Commissioners have stated that income from the annual forestry premium is subject to the income levy.

Applicants are advised to contact their local tax office for definitive advice on any tax and/or income levy matter.

The Premium rates payable are determined by the category of the lands together with the tree species, farm size, and area planted.

More detailed information on all the currently available schemes may be obtained from;

your local Green Belt Forester here..

or from The Forest Service here..

Forest roads are an essential element to bring timber to the market. Irelands forests are very fragmented with more than 19,000 owners with an average holding of 8 hectares (20 acres). This makes the logistics of extracting timber difficult.

The forest service have a road grant available to aid in the construction of a high quality, long term forest road designed to facilitate the haualge of sawlog timber from forest sites. The grant is designed to cover 80% of construction costs and is paid in two instalments - 90% at the construction phase and the balance when thinning has been partially completed.

Full details of the forest road scheme can be downloaded here.

Green Belt has a team of road building experts on hand to assist you design and construct the road that best suits your needs.

Contact John Kearney, our resident roads engineer, to arrange your free consultation.

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