Forestry - a viable farm enterprise

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Forestry has never been as attractive for farmers. It offers a unique opportunity to earn a very substantial tax-free income from planting while continuing to claim your SFP on the planted land.

Forestry has never been as attractive for farmers. It offers a unique opportunity to earn a very substantial tax-free income from planting while continuing to claim your SFP on the planted land.

For farmers faced with challenging times ahead forestry provides an attractive enterprise as it contributes to the bottom line from the outset, while freeing up valuable time for other operations.

We at Green Belt Ltd would strongly advise farmers to consider planting part of their holding, as the combination of grant aid along with an annual tax-free premium are very attractive in the current economic climate. An establishment grant is paid to cover the cost of planting while an annual premium of up to €515 per ha is paid for 20 years.

Green Belt currently plant an average of 3,000 hectares of new forests, build 20km of forest roads and harvest in excess of 100,000 tonnes of timber each year.

The company’s business encompasses all aspects of forest management, including:

. For Investors Who Want To Plant Land; Sourcing land suitable for forestry investment and the planting and management of same until the forest is established (minimum of 4 years).

. For Farmers Who Want To Plant; We provide an all- inclusive service from initial site assessment to dealing with all relevant paperwork to developing and managing the forest on your behalf until the forest is fully established (minimum of 4 years).

. For All Customers; We provide management services at all stages of forest maturity including provision of fire and reconstitution insurance, road building, valuation and marketing.

. Harvesting; Green Belt are actively involved in both thinning and clear-felling forests under our management and fees are based on a percentage of revenue raised from timber sales.

With a three month waiting process for planting approval, and the planting season about to commence , now is the time for land owners to submit a planting application and apply for forestry approval.

For a free quotation without obligation why not contact your local Green Belt forester Pearse Gath on 086-812 9917 or Green Belt Ltd on 1800 200 233