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)

 

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“We needed to remove some forestry to expand the rugby club. Paddy Bruton of Forestry Services Ltd, prepared the licence application for us and explained what was involved very clearly.

Kinsale RFC, Co. Cork