Info meetings on new forestry programme

A nationwide series of 28 forestry meetings on the New Forestry Programme 2014 – 2020 has been organised by Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department in association with the Forest Service.

A nationwide series of 28 forestry meetings on the New Forestry Programme 2014 – 2020 has been organised by Teagasc’s Forestry Development Department in association with the Forest Service.

The new Forestry Programme which will be state funded contains many different measures to both promote afforestation and to manage the existing private forestry resource.

At these meetings, the new forestry grant schemes as well as key differences with the previous schemes will be discussed.

Key differences include that new forestry premiums will now be paid for a period of 15 years instead of 20; a significant budget increase and focus for native woodland conservation; a requirement within various water sensitive areas to include a Native Woodland Establishment plot; the introduction of a single premium rate (i.e. no distinction between farmers and non-farmers) and an improved forest road construction scheme with improved grant rates.

The first step in making an informed decision on forestry as an enterprise or to manage an existing plantation is to become familiar with the issues involved. Planting land can have many attractions, but you need to know if it is appropriate for you.

Management of all existing plantations is also vitally important, knowledge of the supports to maintain your woodland is also essential.

Farmers and landowners considering the merits of a forestry enterprise or looking at managing an existing plantation are invited to one of these meetings that are being held nationwide where objective information on all schemes available will be presented.

The local Forestry Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 22 at 7.30pm in the Teagasc Office in Portlaoise. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.