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Leitrim One Call to Success

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Western Forestry Co-op are featured in a promotional video “Leitrim One Call to Success”. The video produced by Leitrim.ie promotes businesses that are very active within the County.

Marina Conway CEO of Western Forestry Co-op explains why Leitrim is the second most forested County nationwide and has led to the creation of many local jobs.

Leitrim.ie states that Leitrim has a very active forestry sector. Approximately 17% of the County is forested compared to the national average of 11%. The soils and climate of Leitrim are very well suited to planting, as it is rich in mineral gley; surface water gley; and brown poolzolic soils. Please click HERE for article on Leitrimbusiness.ie

Leitrim Business Event at The Intercontinental Hotel , Dublin. from duignan media on Vimeo.

Forest Fire Danger Alert!

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Circular no. 09 of 2016 Issue date:  25/05/2016

Forest Fire Danger Rating

Orange Alert

Condition Orange - High Fire Risk

Be Prepared

Be Insured


Warning Effective From:  1200hrs 25/05/2016
Effective Period Expires: 1200hrs 07/06/2016

Arising from projected high pressure dominated weather patterns and impacts of this weather on the flammability of fine fuels a High Fire Risk (Condition Orange) is deemed likely to exist in coming days in all areas where such fuels are present in proximity to forests and other assets.  A further risk element is involved due to the oncoming June Bank Holiday weekend, and expected increases in human risk activity in high fire risk areas over this period.

Pending significant rainfall, this risk condition will remain in place until 1200hrs on 07/06/2016 unless otherwise stated by the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
All forest owners and managers are again advised to prepare for likely outbreaks of fire. Fire lines, Fire Plans, fire suppression equipment should be reviewed and made ready and other relevant contingencies such as insurance, helicopter contracts etc., checked and confirmed.  
The need for increased vigilance at this time cannot be overstated. Forest owners, farmers, rural dwellers and other countryside users are asked to be extremely vigilant regarding fire activity, to report any suspicious or illegal activity to the Gardai and to report all fires immediately to the Fire and Emergency Services via 112/999.  
Fire patrols are advised in known fire hotspots.
The Department recommends that forest owners and managers should consider the fire mitigation measures that they can put in place to help prevent loss or damage to forest resources through fire. Examples of such measures are: 

1.Risk assessment:
Assess your property with regard to fire risk and mitigation factors. Is there a risk of fire or presence of hazardous fuel vegetation on neighbouring lands? Is there a history of land burning in the vicinity of your forest? Are access routes adequate, accessible and clear of obstructions?  Is there a firebreak in place and has it been adequately maintained?




Is Your Forestry Insured?

Western Forestry Co-op manages a group forest insurance scheme since 1988. The Co-op designed and administers the group scheme to provide the best value for forest owners*

There are four elements to our insurance policy:

  • Sum Insured - Cover for the loss of growth in the value of your forest
  • Reconstitution - Cover for reinstating your forest. Cover for (cultivation, trees, fencing, fertiliser etc.)
  • Fire Brigade - Cover for fire brigade call out charges
  • Public Liability - Cover for legal liability in case of injury caused to members of the public arising from your forestry activities. Forest owners can opt to insure for sum insured and fire brigade only or include reconstitution cover and public liability

Example Premium:
6 ha forest in Year 1 to include cover for sum insured, Reconstitution, Public liability and Fire Brigade from as little as €90.00

*Underwritten by FBD Insurance Ltd.

For a competitive quote, please contact Sarah on 071-9161458, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or simply click HERE to request a quote.

Information regarding our schemes:

Group Forest Insurance Scheme
Public Liability Cover
Request a Quote
Insurance FAQ


Deputy Andrew Doyle - Appointed Minister of State with responsibility for Forestry

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Western Forestry Co-op welcomes appointment of Deputy Andrew Doyle as Minister of State with responsibility for Forestry. 

Deputy Andrew Doyle

Western Forestry Co-op would like to congratulate Minister Andrew Doyle on his appointment as Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Minister Doyle was first elected at the 2007 general election to the Dáil and became the Deputy Spokesperson on Agriculture with special responsibility for Food and Horticulture. In 2010, he was promoted to the opposition frontbench as the spokesperson for Agriculture. Deputy Doyle was re-elected to the Dáil at the 2011 general election and served as the Chairman of the Agriculture Committee.

Minister Doyle is a forest owner himself and hails from Co Wicklow, the most forested county in Ireland. We look forward to working with Minister Doyle during his term as Minister with responsibility for Forestry.




Celebrating 30 Years in Business

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Western Forestry Co-op Staff


Western Forestry Co-op Board members past and present
Marina Conway CEO; Seamus O’Donohue CEO ICOS; Billy McMahon Board Member Aurivo; Sean Glennon Board Member Lakeland Dairies; Robert Hosey Chairman Western Forestry Co-op and Board Member Aurivo; Ray Gallagher founder and former Manager Western Forestry Co-op; Mary Quinn founding Board member Western Forestry Co-op representing Lakeland Dairies; former Board Member for Aurivo Kevin Cryan and Carmel Feeney, Finance Manager.


Donal Whelan, Executive Director presenting a gift to celebrate Western Forestry Co-ops 30 Years in Business to Marina Conway, CEO and founder and former manager Ray Gallagher.

Minister Hayes Launches 'Land Availability for Afforestation

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Minister Hayes Launches 'Land Availability for Afforestation - Exploring Opportunities for Expanding Ireland's Forest Resource'

Minister of State for Forestry, Tom Hayes today launched Land Availability for Afforestation, - Exploring opportunities for expanding Ireland’s forest resource. The report has been compiled under the auspices of the Council for Forest Research and Development - COFORD.

Speaking at the launch today Minister Hayes said “I want to thank Dr Nuala Ni Fhlatharta, chair of the COFORD Land Availability Working Group and all the members of the group for compiling this report. It is a really important piece of work and one, I have no doubt, that will help us greatly in terms of land classification for afforestation. I am sure it will help to realise our ambitions to expand the forest land resource of the country. Together with the new Environmental Requirements for Afforestation that are now being finalised by the Department, this new land classification system gives us the tools to push on with our ambitious afforestation programme.”

The report outlines the physical land resource that is potentially available for afforestation and makes a series of recommendations on how to increase the level of planting.

The Minister continued “as part of this process we have secured a Forestry Programme to 2020, which plans to expand forest cover by a further 43,000 hectares. This package includes attractive grant aid and premium payments, to all landowners, over a 15-year period, who afforest a part of their land holding. It is a fantastic investment opportunity and one that has the potential to contribute significantly to landowners’ incomes”.

Quoting from the report the Minister added, “On lands classified as being ‘limited’ for agriculture, representing 1.8 million hectares, there is wider scope for afforestation. These lands have a higher proportion of difficult soils, often economically marginal for agriculture, with forestry presenting a viable alternative land use option.”

The Minister concluded by saying, “the take home message of this report is that there is a land asset in Ireland that is eminently suitable to support an increase in forest cover. By examining and implementing recommendations that the report contains, allied to a collective will and capacity, I am convinced that over the coming years we will go a long way towards completing the task of restoring the national forest resource.”


Forestry Clearfell Income removed from the Income Tax Net

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There was a very welcome decision in Budget 2015 for forest owners - Forestry clear-felling income is to be tax-free as the “high earners restriction” of €80,000 for active foresters and farmers has been ended.

Simon Coveney, the agriculture minister, said: “Forestry plays a huge role environmentally, economically, and socially in rural areas; and I believe the benefits of this change will be felt long into the future.”
He noted that, in advance of the budget, farmers had sought income averaging over three or five years.  “Instead of that, Revenue has said it is easier to remove the high earners restriction for active forestry farmers, so clear-felling is exempt. That goes beyond the expectations and asks of the forestry sector. We need more forestry, planting, and trees and this will be a big incentive to do that.”

Western Forestry Co-op, IFFPA, the IFA and ICMSA have all welcomed the move to make clear-felling income tax-free as forestry is now recognised as an important economic sector in rural Ireland which has really begun to take off among the latest generation of young farmers who see it as a valuable addition to their farm enterprise as well as a secure pension plan for them and their families.


Applying for a Forestry Premium Online

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You can now register online and apply for your forest premium in January of each year. Please see links below to a video tutorial of how to apply online and a link to Agfood Online for where to apply.  
You may still apply by application form (Form 4) if you prefer but please note your forest premium will be paid in April not January.

Agfood Online Web Page



Video tutorial on how to apply online for the forest premium

Link to Department website to register and/or apply online

REPS Income Finished? Unsure about GLAS? – Earn up to €257/acre

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repsIf your REPS payment has finished why not consider additional forestry income. Western Forestry is a Co-op based in the North West that has been serving farmers for 30 years.

Landowners can receive their full Basic Farm Payment (BPS) and forestry premium on the same land.  Forest premiums range from €510/ha (€206/acre) for conifer rate to €635/ha (€257/acre) for native broadleaf woodland, all premiums are payable for 15yrs and are income tax free. This is especially beneficial for retired farmers, part time farmers, people exiting REPS or people who have inherited land, private landowners working full time who prior to 2015 would have been excluded from the high premium rate. As well as the high forest premium rate the forestry scheme also includes an establishment grant so it costs you nothing.

Time to see the Wood from the Trees

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Forestry Premium at its Highest Level

seewoodfromtreesOne of the great benefits of the new Forestry Programme is that everyone who plants land from January 2015 will receive the higher rate of income tax free forest premium, regardless of whether you are farming or not. The forest premiums range from €510/ha (or €206/acre) for the conifer rate to a maximum rate of €635/ha (or €257/acre) for planting native broadleaf woodland, all premiums are payable for 15yrs. This is especially beneficial for retired farmers, part time farmers, people exiting REPS or people who have inherited land who would have been excluded from qualifying for the high rate up until now.

Fire Season - Is Your Forest Insured?

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forestfireThe lovely dry hot weather of the past few days whilst very welcome is also a worry with regard to fire risk, I passed 2 large gorse fires on the way home last week. A few dry days can dry out vegetation very quickly and the risk of forest fires increases dramatically. The main causes of forest fires over the past 5 years has been gorse burning, peatland burning, accidental fires and unfortunately arson. Forest Owners need to be very vigilant and should also make sure their forest is insured as they are required by law to replant their forest if it is burnt and one of the largest costs will be the replanting costs.

Western Forestry Co-op Field Day to Enniscoe House

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enniscoe house 3Western Forestry Co-op hosted a joint field day with the Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA) at the beautiful Enniscoe Estate on ‘Managing woodlands with environmental conservation, amenity & recreational objectives’ on Friday 10th October.  In excess of 60+ people turned up for the day and the weather was glorious. The Enniscoe Estate has been in the Kellett family since the 1650’s and the House dates from the 1790’s. Around the house there are pastures and woodlands with lakeside walks, pleasure grounds and a carefully restored Victorian Garden. In 2012 works were carried out in the woodlands through the NeighbourWood Scheme which included upgrading and extending the Looped Walk with new paths and signage as well as clearing rhododendrons. The Enniscoe woodlands won the 2013 RDS/Forest Service Forestry Award for bio-diverse woodlands.

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Finisklin Road

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Email: info@westernforestrycoop.ie