Forestry Facts

  • Over 10% of Ireland is under forest
  • In excess of 43% is in private ownership
  • Output in 2012 was C. €2.2 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)

 

Forestry Services Links

 

Contact Forestry Services »

 

"At this stage, Forestry Services have planted land, constructed forest roads, thinned my plantation and clearfelled a small area that was windblown during the storm in 2014. They are going to complete the reforestation of this area in Autumn 20

Billy Clancy, Rosmult, Drumbane, Co. Tipperary.
Tipperary Customer