Planting (Afforestation) Grants

Afforestation grants cover the costs of establishing a plantation including, ground preparation, plants, planting, Vegetation control, fencing and four years maintenance. Therefore it is cost free to establish and maintain a plantation. Forestry Services Ltd. complete all paperwork on your behalf to ensure the process is as straightforward as possible.

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Fixed Forest Establishment Grant Rates

Afforestation grants cover the costs of establishing a plantation including ground cultivation, plants, planting, fencing and 4 years maintenance.

The grants for this scheme are payable in 2 instalments. The 1st instalment grant is cost based and is equivalent to 75% of the total grant and is payable on completion of the project. The 2nd instalment, equivalent to 25% of the grant is payable 4 years after completion subject to the satisfactory maintenance of the plantation.

Grant rates effective from 1st January 2015

Grant / Premium Category 1st Grant €/ha 2nd Grant €/ha Total €/ha Additional Fencing Allocation €/ha IS436 Alternative Fencing Allocation €/ha IS436 Total Available Funding €/ha
1 - Enclosed 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

The afforestation grant is available in respect of costs incurred in the establishment of a plantation. It covers the cost of planting to the establishment stage and is payable in two fixed grants as outlined above plus an allowance for fencing (maximum outlined above and below for deer fencing) payable at 1st instalment stage.

New Deer Fencing Maximum Allocation

All deer fencing allowances must be approved in advance and will be based on the area enclosed and protected by the deer fence.
 

Land Categories

  1. Unenclosed Land means land that was never improved and enclosed by man-made boundaries for agricultural use other than extensive grazing.
  2. Enclosed and Improved Land means land that was enclosed and improved for agricultural use by cultivation, manuring or both, and which is completely surrounded by man-made boundaries and usually shown as such in Ordnance Survey maps of scale 6 inches to 1 mile (1:10560).
     

We provide a comprehensive four year establish and maintain service for clients. We undertake to complete all establishment and maintenance to the standards required by the Forest Service for the grants available. We normally sign the IFA/ITGA master forestry agreement with clients.

Landowners that enter the scheme can qualify for an annual income tax free premium payable for 15 years. The land owner or applicant remains the full owner of the land and the timber. View Annual Forestry Premiums

Species Composition in Grant & Premium Categories:

To be eligible for grant aid each plot within a plantation must conform to one of the following Grant/Premium Categories (GPC’s).

GPC 1 - Unenclosed land

All approved broadleaves and conifers planted on unenclosed land receive the unenclosed grant and premium rates.

GPC 2 - Sitka spruce/ Lodgepole Pine

This plot is made up of Sitka spruce or lodgepole pine. For landscape purposes, it is advisable to introduce a small number of other species into this plot. This plot on its own as a plantation is not eligible for grant aid.

GPC 3 - 20% diverse mix

This plot is comprised of an intimate mix of Sitka spruce and/or Lodgepole Pine together with a suitable diverse conifer/ broadleave. The diverse conifer/ broadleave content must be at least 10% of the total number of trees planted. This diverse species can be intimately mixed through the forest or planted in groups through the forest, or a combination of both where silviculturally compatible with the main species.

GPC 4 – Diverse

This plot is made up of acceptable conifer species other than Sitka Spruce and Lodgepole Pine.

GPC 5 - Broadleaf (Non Oak/Beech)

This plot is made up of acceptable broadleaves other than Oak and Beech.

GPC 6 – Oak

This plot is comprised of pure oak. Oak must be planted pure at a stocking rate of 3300 stems per hectare on all sites.

GPC 7 – Beech

This plot is comprised of pure beech. Beech must be planted pure at a stocking rate of 3300 stems per hectare on all sites.

GPC 8 - Alder 

This plot is comprised of pure alder at 2500 stems per hectare. For species diversity, up to 10% of trees planted may comprise of other species intimately mixed or planted in groups.

GPC 9 - Native Woodland Establishment (scenarios 1-3)

Applicants can apply to establish native woodland over the entire site, or as a plot(s) within a larger afforestation project involving other GPCs, such as GPC 3: 10% Diverse Conifer.

GPC 10 - Native Woodland Establishment (scenarios 4)

Applicants can apply to establish native woodland over the entire site, or as a plot(s) within a larger afforestation project involving other GPCs, such as GPC 3: 10% Diverse Conifer.

GPC 11 - Agro-forestry

This plot is comprised of silvopastoral agro-forestry systems which combine forestry and pasture. A stocking rate of 400 - 1000 trees per hectare (equal spacing) is required with minimum eligible plot size of 0.50 ha and plot width of 20m. Acceptable broadleaf species will include oak, sycamore and cherry. Other species, including conifers will be considered on a site by site basis.

GPC 12a - Forestry for Fibre

Italian Alder, Hybrid Aspen, Ecalyptus, Poplar. Stocking shall be a minimum of 2000 plants/ha at establishment.

GPC 12b - Forestry for Fibre (Aspen) -

Where Aspen is planted as prescribed under GPC10 except at the rate of 1,400 plants per hectare, a reduced grant rate applies.



 

 

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