Forestry Facts

  • Over 10% of Ireland is under forest
  • In excess of 43% is in private ownership
  • Output in 2008 was C. €1.89 Billion or just under 1% of GDP
  • Employment in the forest sector is over 16,000 persons.
    • A 15,000 ha per annum afforestation programme will create on average 490 direct jobs annually.
  • Recreational value of forests valued at €97 million, which in turn generates €268 million in economic activities in rural areas.
  • Sustainable level of afforestation is 15,000 ha per annum
  • Government target 17% forest cover by 2030 equivalent to one million hectares of forest

The average size of a privately owned forest in Ireland is 8 hectares (20 acres)