Welcome to Western Forestry Co-op

Western Forestry Co-op has over 30 years experience in advising landowners on forestry. The Co-op was established in 1985 by the Dairy Co-operatives in Western Counties in response to a need for support services for landowners considering forestry. Since that time the Co-op has afforested thousands of acres along the Western seaboard and is the largest and longest established forestry co-operative providing professional forestry services that include forest establishment, forest management planning, harvesting, forest roads and a forest insurance scheme.

Forestry is the best economic alternative for marginal land: No financial input – 100% establishment grant. Annual income tax free payment for 15yrs…. Read More

The Forest Management Plan will provide details on the future management of the forest such as a stocking rate, nutrient assessment, average height and yield class, planting year….. Read More

Harvesting in a timely and efficient manner is one of the most important decisions forest owners will make. The Co-op will advise you if your forest is… Read More

Western Forestry Co-op administers a low cost group forest insurance scheme for forest owners…. Read More

Western Forestrys Co-op ethos of strength, transparency and openness are our foundation. The needs of forest owners and the advantages of forestry in rural communities are the foundation of the Western Forestry Co-op. Our team of professional foresters have vast experience in all aspects of forest management and our forestry development advisors are available locally.

The whole planting process was straight forward with Western Forestry Co-op taking care of the application process, planting and maintenance on site and the trees seem to be doing a lot better on this ground than my sheep did.

Basil Henry , Grange, Co. Sligo

Colm Gilheaney from Western Forestry Co-op understood exactly want we wanted to develop and we were delighted with the ideas he was able to put together. His planning, organisation and the way the workforce operated was extremely professional and precise.

David Doherty, Kilclar, Co. Leitrim.

The best thing about the forestry I feel is that I did not have to do any work bar signing a few forms. Colm was very trustworthy and was out managing the digger, planters and fencers from day one. He has now also sprayed the land to kill off grass competing with the trees.

Tom King, Hollymount Co. Mayo

After contacting Western Forestry Co-Op Colm Gilheaney came to my farm to explain the process of planting and developing the forest. His personality and knowledge of the forestry sector worldwide very much impressed me.

Nigel McWilliams, Dromahair

When Tony Lenighan presented us with his final plan for the farm – an eleven hectare plantation of which about 25% was going to be native species like downy birch, silver birch, alder, hazel, whitethorn and blackthorn we were impressed.

Bridget and Patrick Hopkins, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

Please Note: This figure is the maximum amount for each tree category.


  • Great turnout in Kilmovee

    An enjoyable evening of forestry

    An enjoyable evening of forestry Western Forestry Co-op hosted another great field evening on harvesting in Kilmovee. There was a great turn out on the evening with plenty of discussion

  • Rising Timber Prices Good News for Forest Owners

    Marina Conway CEO of Western Forestry Co-op recently announced that it is “good news for forest owners as softwood timber prices are at an all time high and have

  • Forest Fire Danger Alert – Is your Forest Insured?

    Sarah Stewart, Western Forestry Co-op The sun has arrived at long last and whilst it is very welcome, it is also a time when forest owners need to be

  • New Increases In Forestry Measures

    Western Forestry Co-op welcomes the announcement of increased measures in the forestry programme for both farmers, landowners and forest owners. Minister Andrew Doyle TD, stated “The changes recommended by

  • ‘Complementary activity’: Farmers encouraged to consider forestry

    on 27 September 2017. Article by Sylvester Phelan at Agriland.ie. Full story HERE.   The start of the 2017-18 forestry planting season and afforestation programme was launched by the

  • Forest Barriers for sale

    on 17 July 2017. Western Forestry Co-op can provide and install manufactured Forest Barriers to protect your woodland. Please contact our head office 071-9161458 info@westernforestrycoop.ie for more information.

  • Forest Fire Danger Rating 25/05/17

    on 26 May 2017. Forest Fire Danger Rating Condition Orange – High Fire Risk Be Prepared Warning Effective From 1200hrs 25/05/2017 Effective Period Expires 1200hrs 02/06/2017 Arising from extended high pressure

  • IFW Show

    on 10 May 2017. IFW Show Minister Andrew Doyle TD presented with a Bunbury Board to celebrate 40 years of the Irish Timber Growers Association at their

  • Red Forest Fire Danger Alert – Is your Forest Insured?

    on 09 May 2017. Marina Conway, Western Forestry Co-op The lovely dry hot weather, whilst very welcome, is a time for forest owners to be vigiliant with regard to

  • Fire Warning CONDITION RED

    on 08 May 2017. Fire Danger Notice 08 of 2017 Issue date: 02 APRIL 2017@1200hrs   A ‘Type A’ high pressure system associated with extreme fire risk potential is