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Forestry in Ireland – Investment in Forestry & Forestry Establishment - Green Belt
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 10:07

4 Year Old Forestry For Sale

Green Belt is presenting a 4 year old forest to the market. Established to an extremely high standard, the mix of species is Norway Spruce with Alder mixed as a biodiverse species. Norway Spruce is a highly sought after species from the sawmills at maturity. It is suited to certain soil types and here is a perfect example.

Call Maurice Ryan 087 6753097 or Tom Fogarty 086 8356095 for more details.

Published in Green Belt Blog
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 18:50

Poplar as an investment

There is a significant shortage of biomass material in Ireland

Published in Investments
Thursday, 06 October 2016 14:56

Forestry Sales Preparation

In a recent @farmersjournal article they described a forestry fund seeking to purchase 18,000 hectares

Published in Green Belt Blog
Monday, 13 October 2014 06:38

Phoenix magazine features Green Belt

Green Belt has been featured in the latest publication of Phoenix.

Published in Green Belt Blog
Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:51

Dendrophobia - do you have the fear?

Dendrophobia is the fear of trees - it's hard to imagine why you might be but everyone is different and isn't that what makes the world interesting? 

At Green Belt we want to help you get over your fear - we'll introduce you to a tree, you can get to know it and soon, you might even embrace one - but we'll draw the line at tree hugger!

Once your fear is conquered, you might then realise that forestry is an incredible asset and one that offers strongs returns on investment, is a hedge versus inflation and is consistently less volatile than traditional equities. It also benefits greatly from favourable tax treatment.

Call Maurice on 087 675 3097 or email  to learn more on how to make your life easier.

Published in Green Belt Blog
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:44

Add forestry to your portfolio

Green Belt have a number of investment opportunities available for people loking to invest into a safe, secure commodity which offers strong returns consistently.

Published in Green Belt Blog
Saturday, 17 September 2011 13:30

Forestry Investment

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:

  1. Afforestation;
  2. Forestry Management;
  3. Timber harvesting;
  4. Irish Forestry Investment;
  5. Panama Teak investment


Reasons to invest into Irish Forestry with Green Belt

icon-capital-growthTax 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.

icon-tax-free-incomeAnnual 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.

icon-grants-schemesGenerous 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.

How Much Could You Earn?

Who are we? Why invest with Green Belt?

green-belt-30th-logoGreen 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.

Who to Contact

Maurice Ryan

Published in Investments
Saturday, 17 September 2011 13:27

Why Invest with Green Belt

Some facts about Green Belt you should know...

Green Belt Ltd is Irelands largest private forestry company

Green Belt was established in 1982 by Tim O’Brien and Mossie Ryan, both qualified and experienced foresters.

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 320,000 planted acres. Included in our clients are all the main pension funds in Ireland as well as many corporate investors.


At establishment phase, Green Belt operates a 4 year management contract which is specifically designed for farmers. We will undertake to establish a forest for you, the farmer or investor, utilising the grant paid by the Forest Service. This contract relieves you of all the risks in establishing your plantation and leaves you free to concentrate on your main farming activities. In most circumstances the grant covers establishment costs. The premium is available for the forest owner for 15 years, at an average value of €206 per acre per annum.

As forest owner you always own the land and timber. Green Belt works with you to enhance the plantation and maximise the potential returns from your forestry. 

Our inital priority is to see the plantation through to year 4 establishment. From that point Green Belt would like to work with you through to maturity and manage your plantation to achieve the maximum return from your timber.

Semi Mature Forestry:

With many forests now having reached 20 years of age, there are no longer premiums available for these plantations (old schemes ran for 20 years). Many of these farmers are now considering selling on their assets and potentially reinvesting into new land to farm the premiums. As a result, there is ample opportunity to acquire high quality semi mature forestry plantations. The term to maturity is much reduced, thus the returns can be very attractive - in the region of 5% - 7% per annum, compounded. Green Belt source, negotiate and manage these plantations on your behalf. Annual reports and a detailed program of activity keep you informed of your investment. Many indigenous and international investors work with Green Belt to improve their portfolio. A long term proven track record and excellent reputation has made us the clear choice for forestry management in Ireland, the UK and Europe.

Call us today to discuss your future investment

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