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Afforestation Grants and Premia

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

Premium Rates(new approvals) effective 1st January 2011

Grant/Premium Category (GPC) Afforestation Premium (€/ha)

Farmer Rate

Non-farmer Rate

GPC 1 – Unenclosed

155

126

GPC 2 – Sitka spruce/Lodgepole Pine

369

181

GPC 3 - 10% Diverse

427

181

GPC 4 - Diverse

454

181

GPC 5 - Broadleaves

481

195

GPC 6 - Oak

515

195

GPC 7 - Beech

515

195

GPC 8 - Alder

 481

 195

Fixed Grant Rates

Afforestation grants cover the costs of establishing a plantation including ground cultivation, plants, planting, fencing and 4 years maintenance.

Grant rates effective from 1st January 2011

Grant/Premium Category (GPC)

1st Grant - €/ha

2nd Grant - €/ha

Total  €/ha

Additional Fencing Allocation €/ha IS436

(Alternative Fencing Allocation

€/ha Non IS436)

Total Available Funding

€/ha

1 - Unenclosed

1500

500

2000

400

350

2400

2 - Sitka Spruce/Lodgepole Pine

2200

700

2900

400

350

3300

3 - 10% Diverse

2250

750

3000

400

350

3400

4 - Diverse

2500

800

3300

400

350

3700

5 - Broadleaves

3600

1100

4,700

500

450

5200

6 - Oak

3800

1200

5000

500

450

5500

7 - Beech

3800

1200

5000

500

450

5500

8 - Alder

2400

800

3200

500

450

3700


The afforestation grant is available in respect of costs incurred in the establishment of a plantation.  It covers the cost of planting to the establishment stage and is payable in two fixed grants as outlined above plus an allowance for fencing (maximum outlined above and below for deer fencing) payable at 1st instalment stage.

There has been little change to the level of funding, which is as a direct link to the great efforts made by Green Belt and all its staff with regard to lobbying politicians pre budget. Green Belt is currently enjoying a very healthy planting programme for 2011 and already has a strong portfolio developing for 2012. Contact your local forester for more information on planting your land, investing in forestry or harvesting your timber thinnings.

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