Grants

For further details on Forestry Grants 069-64901 or Email us info@deelforestry.ie
Afforestation:

      Details of the New Forestry Programme 2014-2020 can be found here:

http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/forestservice/grantsandpremiumschemes2015/

  • To increase the area under forest in Ireland to contribute towards climate change mitigation;
  • To produce a commercial crop of timber;
  • To provide a sustainable source of wood biomass for energy purposes;
  • To provide a sustainable basis for development of the rural economy;
  • To increase the area of purpose-designed recreational and amenity forests;
  • To improve water quality through riparian planting;

To increase overall biodiversity by providing woodland habitat which is under-represented in the complex of habitat types

All Applicants must:

  1. Be over 18 years of age and
  2. Hold a Personal Public Service Number.
  3. Must Own or Lease the land

Woodland Improvement Scheme

Thinning and Tending

The aim of the scheme is to stimulate the improvement, protection and development of woodlands and forests for a range of functions, including:

  1. healthy tree growth
  2. landscape enhancement
  3. soil protection and water protection.

These are facilitated by:

  • Improvement Felling of malformed and over mature trees
  • Felling of additional trees to release potential crop. (PCT)
  • Pruning to improve stem quality
  • Thinning or re-spacing to promote growth
  • Management and re-spacing of natural regeneration.

Grant Rate: The maximum grant will be €750 per hectare with a cap of €20,000 per application.

Native Woodland Scheme – Establishment

The objectives of the Scheme include:

  • To restore forests damaged by natural causes,
  • To restore and prevent damage to forests caused by deer, squirrel and vole.
  • To contribute to maintaining or restoring forest ecosystems and biodiversity.

To contribute to maintaining or restoring the traditional landscape

New Forestry Programme 2014 – 2020

 

Afforestation Premium Rates (same rates for farmer and non farmer)

GPC New Rate Duration (years)
1 – Unenclosed €185 15
2 – Sitka spruce/lodgepole pine €440 15
3 – 10% Diverse €510 15
4 – Diverse €560 15
5 – Broadleaf €575 15
6 – Oak / Beech €615 15
7 – Beech €615 15
8 – Alder €575 15
9- Native Woodland Establishment (Scenarios 1-3)* €635 15
10- Native Woodland establishment (Scenario 4)* €635 15
11 – Agro-forestry* €260 5
12 – Forestry for Fibre* €180 10

*new GPC’s

Grant rates (5% increase on fixed rate grant)

GPC 1st Grant€/ha 2nd Grant€/ha Total€/ha Additional Fencing Allocation€/ha IS436 Alternative Fencing Allocation €/haNon IS436 TotalAvailable

Funding

€/ha

1 – Unenclosed 1575 525 2100 500 350 2600
2 – Sitka spruce / LP 2310 735 3045 500 350 3545
3 – 10% Diverse Conifer 2360 790 3150 500 350 3650
4 – Diverse Conifer 2625 840 3465 500 350 3965
5 – Broadleaf 3780 1155 4935 500 450 5435
6 – Oak / Beech 3990 1260 5250 500 450 5750
7 – Beech 3990 1260 5250 500 450 5750
8 – Alder 2520 840 3360 500 450 3860
9- Native Woodland Establishment (Scenarios 1-4) 3990 1260 5250 500 450 5750
10- Native Woodland establishment (Scenario 4) 3780 1155 4935 500 450 5435
11 – Agro-forestry 2960 990 3950 500 450 4450
12a – Forestry for Fibre 1460 490 1950 500 450 2450
12b – Forestry for Fibre (Aspen, 1400) 1245 420 1665 500 450 2165

 

Forest Roads

The grant rate for roads has increase by €5 to €40/m. The criteria for calculating the eligible area served by the proposed forest road has changed.  Where 50% or greater of the area is due for harvesting in the next 3 years the entire area can now be deemed eligible. For co operative road building (joint applications) this can extend to 5 years.

 

In cases where the proposed forest road bell mouth is at least 2m below the surface of the existing public road an additional 30m will be allowed per forest entrance to contribute towards the cost of additional stone required. This means that bell mouths in this situation can include an additional 60 metres of road length for grant purposes.

 

A special construction works (SCW) grant is being introduced for 50% of  the cost of the SCW up to a maximum of €5,000 per application whichever is the smaller. This provision is primarily aimed at facilitating the construction of forest roads in environmentally sensitive sites to limit any potential adverse impacts from harvesting activities.

 

Forest road developments which connect to an existing forest road network in a public, state owned or private forest, will be supported. In these situations that proportion of forest road constructed outside of the applicants land will be grant aided.