an acre, farmers can invest in their future, their children's
future and the future of the planet. Being able to fully
utilise lands, which are a valuable farming asset, while
simultaneously delivering environmental benefits, is a
thoroughly modern approach to agriculture. To the savvy
small holder, for instance, it may make complete economic
sense. Forestry can be good for the planet and good for
your pocket. But how to go about it and who to ask? If
you haven't planted before you may be unsure as to where
to turn to for advice, how to choose the right land and
species, and how to apply for the generous grants and
premiums available from the Department of Agriculture,
Food and the Marine.
you free advice on where and what to plant. You do
not need to be an existing Teagasc client to avail of this
advice. See further details about Teagasc advice on their
website at www.teagasc.ie under crops then forestry.
agricultural advisor may be in a position to advise on
planting or to put you in touch with someone who can
you must engage a registered forester. These are
companies or professional foresters (not linked to
Teagasc or the Department) who will arrange for you to
apply for approval from the Department to plant; once
approval is granted they will also arrange to plant the
trees. They will o er you advice on the types of trees to
plant and indeed you can approach these companies/
foresters directly in the first place. Generally the grant
for establishing the trees is used to cover the forester's
costs, and can be paid directly to the forester by the
Department (if the farmer gives permission to do so), but
these details are worked out between the farmer and
the registered forester. Details of registered foresters are
available on the Department's website
www.agriculture.gov.ie under Forestry then Forest
an establishment grant once planted and then pays annual
premiums for up to 15 years directly to the farmer. There
are full details on the Department's website or you can
contact the Forestry Division directly for help by email on
email@example.com or by phone at 071 106446.
For every piece of land there is a scheme which would
probably suit, from Native Woodland Establishment,
Agroforestry, Forestry for Fibre to commercial A orestation.
Some facts about forestry and how it can benefit you and
all of us:
yearly premiums, payable each year for up to 15 years.
can fell and sell.
premiums, and income from forestry clear-felling is tax
when it's made into wood products; it can replace fossil
other species and plants.
greatest ally against invasive grey squirrels.
species themselves, not least that farmers can earn from
If you want to learn more keep an eye on the Teagasc
website, as they hold forestry events throughout the year.
The Department is also funding the promotion of forestry
by other groups and organisations in the next two years.
Ireland needs trees and farmers are best placed to meet this
need. While thousands of farmers have planted trees over the
years, and so much has been achieved, we still have the lowest
forest cover in Europe