The Neighbour wood scheme provides grant aid for local authorities, private landowners and others to develop attractive local woodland amenities – or Neighbour woods – in and around villages, towns and cities, specifically for public access and enjoyment.
This grant scheme is cost based and funding is available under three separate elements
Element 1 – Enhancing existing woodland
The 1st installment grant is cost based, is equivalent to 75% of total grant and is payable on completion of the project while the remaining 25% is payable 4 years after the completion subject to the satisfactory maintenance of the woodland, to a maximum cumulative of €5000/ha. No premiums are available with this element.
Element 2 – Establishing new Woodlands
The 1st installment grant under Element 2 is cost based up to a maximum grant level of €5259.25/ha. It covers the cost of establishment. The 2nd installment is payable in year 4 subject to the satisfactory maintenance of the woodland to a maximum grant level of €1,660.82/ha. NeighbourWood Establishment premiums may be available to a maximum of €527/ha farmer rate, and €211/ha non farmer rate for applicants who fulfill the eligibility criteria as set out in the afforestation grant and premium scheme.
Element 3 – Facilities
The grant payable under element 3 is cost based up to the maximum grant level of €4500/ha for the first 10 hectares of forest area submitted and €3000/ha for all subsequent area submitted up to a maximum of 40 hectares. There are no premiums available with this scheme.
Forestry Services Ltd. are qualified to complete NeighbourWood forestry in all parts of Ireland.
A reconstitution grant is available from the Forest Service if a forest is damaged by pests such as deer, grey squirrell, vole, frost, wind blow, etc, if the plantation has been well managed and maintained up to the time it was damaged. The objective of the grant is to repair the damage to plantations by replacing those elements that have been damaged.
The grant is cost based and paid in 2 installments. The first installment of 75% of total grant payable is payable on completion of the project with the remaining 25% payable 4 years later subject tot the satisfactory maintenance of the plantation.
Costs to a maximum of €3,927/ha for conifers
Costs to a maximum of €7,604/ha for broadleaves
As a dairy farmer, I had little interest in forestry until I purchased land with milk quota in the mid-1990s. Both the milk quota and the forestry have proven good investments. I engaged Forestry Services Ltd to secure the necessary felling licences, construct forest roads and thin the plantations in 2008. The plantations have been second thinned and I am happy with the work that was done and the returns I received from the thinning. I am looking forward to the clearfell and my only regret is that I haven’t got more forestry”
We needed to remove some forestry to expand the rugby club. To do this we needed a Limited Felling Licence from the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture. Paddy Bruton of Forestry Services Ltd, prepared the licence application for us and explained what was involved very clearly. He then followed up with the Forest Service to get a decision. We got the Licence and are happy with the help we got from Paddy
I planted almost 100 acres in 2000 with Forestry Services Ltd. The plantation is growing very well. A forest road will be constructed in 2015 with thinning scheduled for 2016. Simply, Paddy & the rest of the lads at Forestry Services do what they say.