There are enormous ESG benefits to establishing forestry

There are enormous ESG benefits to establishing forestry

Establish an Irish Forest

Ireland is an extremely attractive region for establishing and maturing forestry. With strong growth rates, a supportive grant and premium structure as well as favourable tax treatment, the temperate climate enhances growth, thus it is an ideal location for afforestation. Your local Green Belt forester will provide the expert advice you need.

Establishing a forest is a big decision and it deserves excellent management. Therefore, we appreciate and value your trust in our expertise to establish and maintain your forest to its full potential.

Green Belt operates a 4 year management contract specifically designed for farmers and landowners who wish to plant a new forest. This contract relieves the owner of all the risks in establishing the plantation. The forest is established by Green Belt under the grant scheme administered by the Forest Service.

The annual premium is available for the forest owner for 15 years, and valued at €680 per hectare depending on the species selected - important to remember** 'the right tree in the right place.'** Green Belt works with the forest owners (you!) throughout the lifecycle of the plantation and we advise on all aspects of forestry management. Our focus is on managing the plantation to fulfill its potential - for some it's financial, for others it's an amenity. Regardless, each forest is important and adds so much to the local community and the private estate in Ireland.

Forestry Earnings

Earnings from forestry qualifies for relief under the 'Occupation of Woodlands' tax structure. It is essential for Ireland to establish much more forestry than its current level. Today it stands at 11% with a target of 18% by 2025 required for Ireland to offset some of the climate change conditions Ireland has committed to. Many believe that forestry is one of the strongest tools Ireland possesses to combat this change, particularly from a national perspective.

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Forestry Grants for New Planting

Forestry Establishment Grant & Premiums

Forestry establishment is covered by a full, exchequer backed grant. This is to encourage further planting nationally to increase the national cover from below 11% to 18%.

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Native Woodland Scheme

Native Woodland Establishment (as represented by Grant & Premium Categories (GPCs) 9 and 10 under the Afforestation Grant & Premium Scheme)funds the establishment of new native woodland on open ‘greenfield’ sites.

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Green Belt Services for New Forest Plantations

Woodland with Heritage Bridge Forestry Management Plan

A forest thrives under constant and consistent professional management.

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Get in touch with a Local Green Belt Advisor

Our network of professional foresters located nationally are perfectly placed to source opportunities suitable for you and to manage your investment through to clearfell and beyond.