The afforestation grant scheme includes a 100% establishment grant which covers the cost of planting your land (cultivation, Trees, planting, fertiliser, fencing, vegetation control and 4 years maintenance) and an annual income tax free premium payment for 15 years.
What are the benefits of Forestry?
Your local Co-op forester will call out and inspect your land for Free, explain the scheme and options to you and submit an application for afforestation approval on your behalf. You are under no obligation to plant your land when you receive this approval and an approval is valid for 18 months so you have time to decide if forestry is the best option for you. Please note that an application for approval can take 3 - 6 months so apply now and you will have the choice of planting next spring.
New Forest Premium Rates 2018
The new grant and premium rates as outlined below are applicable to all financial approvals (Form 1(a)) that receive approval from 21 February 2018. Any landowner with an earlier financial approval who has not submitted a Notice of Substantial Commencement (Form 1(b)) yet may withdraw the earlier financial approval and reapply.
Establishment Premium Rates (From 21 February 2018) (€/ha)
|Grant and Premium Category (GPC)||
Annual Premium Rate <10ha
Annual Premium Rate >10ha
|GPC 1 – Unenclosed||185||190||15|
|GPC 2 – Sitka spruce / Lodgepole pine||440||450||15|
|GPC 3 – 10% Diverse Conifer, e.g. Sitka spruce and 10% broadleaves||510||520||15|
|GPC 4 – Diverse Conifer, e.g. Scots pine, Douglas Fir||590||600||15|
|GPC 5 – Broadleaf, e.g. sycamore||605||620||15|
|GPC 6 – Oak||645||660||15|
|GPC 7 – Beech||645||660||15|
|GPC 8 – Alder and Birch||605||620||15|
|GPC 9 – Native Woodland Establishment (oak-birch-holly-hazel)||665||680||15|
|GPC 10 – Native Woodland Establishment (alder-oak)||665||680||15|
|GPC 11 – Agroforestry||645||660||5|
|GPC 12 – Forestry for Fibre||510||520||15|