The Scheme provides financial support for landowners under two separate elements:
Element 1: Native Woodland Conservation
Provides funding for the conservation, protection and enhancement of existing native woodlands and the conversion, where appropriate, of existing non-native forests to native woodlands. Annual premium payment of €350 per hectare per year for 7 years.
Element 2: Native Woodland Establishment
Provides funding for the establishment of new native woodlands on greenfield sites.
Native Woodland Establishment is covered by the same full establishment grant as the Afforestation Grant Scheme and the highest Forest Premium rate of €665/ha for less than 10 hectares and €680/ha above 10 hectares.