Semi mature forestry

Existing Forests & Estates

Existing forestry provides an extremely attractive investment opportunity. For many at the end of their premium period, it is an opportune time to sell on their forestry asset. For investors looking for a shorter term forestry investment, a semi mature forestry acquisition provides a realistic and tangible asset for those looking for a strong, stable and secure investment.

Green Belt source, acquire and manage these plantations on your behalf.

Semi Mature forestry offers investors access to an asset class with a shorter timeline than new planting. With the advent of forestry premiums, many farmers planted land 20+ years ago and enjoyed the premium returns annually. However, many are now in a position whereby selling their plantation is attractive and this presents an excellent entry point for investment.

Assessing a semi mature forest provides a full picture of the earning potential from this forest. Green Belt carries out a full inventory on a plantation under consideration and the data collected provides timelines and structures to optimally harvest the timber, achieving strong tax free, capital returns.

Earnings from timber are tax free, and you can expect returns of 5% per annum, compounded over the life time of the investment. A typical entry level for individuals is in excess of €100,000, however, there are options for smaller scale investment.

Institutional investors have been catered for since Green Belt established. The team of professional foresters and administrators, ensures the smooth running of the portfolio, and manages the timescale for applications and licencing agreements with the forest service.

Green Belt Services for Existing Forestry Estates

Forestry Management Plan

Green Belt has developed a Four Year Forestry Management Contract which is specifically designed for farmers. The company will undertake to establish a forest for the farmer utilising the grant paid by the Forest Service.

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Thinning & Harvesting

Thinning is an essential maintenance procedure for forests and it will enhance the future growth and production of your plantation towards clearfell. Thinning is the removal of a proportion of the trees in a crop.

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Timber Marketing

Marketing is the process of selling timber to obtain its true fair market value. Achieving a reasonable financial return on a timber investment depends on many factors.

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Fire Insurance

To protect new or existing forest plantations, it is really important to make sure the forest is properly insured against fire.

Green Belt offers full insurance covering fire brigade call out, replanting and establishment of a replacement forest.

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Treament of Ash Dieback Disease

The removal and destruction of trees and leaf litter affected by the disease and the reconstitution of the forest with an alternative species to Ash must be undertaken in strict compliance with the Sanitation Action Plan approved by the Department.

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Wood Chipping Services

Green Belt set up Irish Woodchipping Services in 2008. Irish Woodchipping Service chip on contract and also buy, chip and sell forest material from the forest estate.

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Current Available Maturing Forests

Green Belt always has attractive forestry sites available for sale to suit your investment preferences and tailored to your budget. Not all options are included here. Please get in touch with Green Belt whether you are looking to diversify your portfolio or looking to secure future pension stability.

Name Status Value Area Species Type Access
Kilmastulla TY GB-830
Birdhill
Tipperary
€295,000 16.1ha Sitka Spruce
Afforestation New Planting
Green Belt GB-829
Clonderalaw
Clare
15.3ha
Afforestation New Planting
Carrowbaun CE GB-828
Killaloe
Clare
€900,000 112.0ha Sitka Spruce
Afforestation New Planting
Boolyvannanan CW GB-827
Leighlinbridge
Carlow
€900,000 121.0ha Sitka Spruce
Semi-mature Forestry
Furoor, CE GB-826
Moyarta
Clare
13.6ha Sitka Spruce
Afforestation New Planting
Gortroe GB-825
Cork
Cork
Sitka Spruce
Semi-mature Forestry, Reforestation After Clearfell
Ballygarriff GB-824
Parke
Mayo
14.5ha Sitka Spruce
Semi-mature Forestry, Afforestation New Planting
Killadoon, SO GB-823
Sligo
Sligo
20.8ha
Afforestation New Planting
Laghey, DL GB-822
Donegal Town
Donegal
24.5ha Sitka Spruce
Semi-mature Forestry, Reforestation After Clearfell
Garryglass LS GB-815
Timahoe
Laois
€185,000 15.8ha Sitka Spruce
Semi-mature Forestry
Bullbog LS
Mountrath
Laois
€450,000 26.0ha Sitka Spruce
Semi-mature Forestry

Get in touch with Green Belt Head Office to discuss work on existing plantations Freephone 1800 200 233 or Tel: +353 49 854 8000

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.