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Other Forestry Grants

Red Ball    Forest Roading Grants

The Grant Rate from January 2015 was increased to € 40 per metre with a maximum roading density allowed of 20m per ha.

A further € 800/application is provided for forest entrances to cover additional works where the forest road adjoined the public road.

Road density to increase from 20m/ha to 25m/ha (February 2018), The Forest Service will undertake a review of costings and grant rates in relation to the Forest Roads Scheme in June 2018.

For roading applications since the 21st September 2011, permission for a new access from a public road is required from the local authority , that is unless an existing access was already in place prior to that date.

It is hoped to have change this process back to having the Forest Service as the responsible agency in relation to new Forest entrances.

In general construction of forest roads require approval whether or not a grant is being sought.

Red Ball    Forest Fencing and Tree Shelter Scheme

This new scheme (introduced February 2018) is designed to address the risk posed from deer and hare damage that may occur after afforestation Form 2 payment and before crops have reached the standards required at the Form 3 payment stage at least four years later.

The scheme is also open to NWS conservation projects where damage being caused by unforeseen grazing pressure from deer and hare is preventing the second instalment from being secured.

The scheme will be capped at a maximum of € 40,000 per application based on the original contract numbers of the plantation.

A forest owner can only submit one application in any calendar year.

There are three separate elements as follows; Element 1: Deer fencing, Element 2: Tree Shelters and Element 3: Hare fencing. A combination of elements can be included on the one application.

Forest Fencing - Element 1:Deer fencing measure for Broadleaf/Diverse conifer Grant (GPC4-10)and NWS Conservation

- New deer fencing provision € 16.25 /m, for IS436 @ 140 m/ha = € 2275/ha.

- New upgrade deer fencing rates € 8 /m, for IS436 @ 140 m/ha = € 1,120/ha.

-Funding is available up to afforestation and NWS conservation Form 3 stage for those forest owners who have not erected a deer fence previously for the site.

Forest Fencing - Element2: Tree Shelter Measure GPC 3-10 & 12 broadleaf species.

- This scheme proposes a contribution of up to € 300/ha for tree shelters aimed mainly but not exclusively at protecting young existing broadleaves in the category of Additional Broadleaves, ADB where deer are causing significant damage.

There must be a minimum of 45 shelters erected per planted hectare planted at a minimum spacing of 6 x 4 metres in ADB areas

Forest Fencing - Element 3: Hare fencing or hare fencing upgrade for all GPCs

- A contribution of € 2.5/m up to a maximum of 140m per ha is being proposed for forests that have been subject to hare damage after Form 2 payment and up to approval for Form 3 payment.

-The criteria for hare damage in general is the same as for deer damage e.g. 30 Percent significant damage.

Red Ball    Woodland Improvement Scheme (Element 1 - Thinning and Tending)

This Scheme originally confined to the tending and thinning of Broadleaf woodlands planted since 1980, it is now opened up to non grant aided broadleaf forests and all broadleaved mixtures that meet the required eligibility criteria.

The Broadleaf Thinning and Tending Grant provides for payments of up to € 750 per hectare.

Following the Mid Term Review all young broadleaved forests, including mixtures will be eligible for 2nd thinning grants of € 500/ha subject to eligibility criteria.

Support will be available for the following operations

-Improvement felling of malformed trees;

-Felling of additional trees to release potential crop trees (PCT);

-Pruning to improve stem quality

-Thinning or re-spacing to promote growth;

-Management and re-spacing of natural regeneration;

-Clearing buffer areas around sites and monument which may have become overgrown;

-Improving access for manual fertilisation (cost based grant).

Woodland Improvement Scheme 2014 - 2020 Scheme document (pdf 938Kb)

Woodland Improvement Scheme (Element 2 - Environmental Enhancement measures)

This measure was included in the Forestry Programme 2014 - 2020 but has not been implemented yet.

The aim of the scheme is to support various actions within existing forests, which effect structural changes that will protect and enhance water quality, archaeological sites, habitats and species, sensitive landscapes and other environmental features.

It can also be used to as a natural flood management tool to lessen the risk of floods.

Woodland Improvement Scheme - Support for Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF)

The proposal is to open this element of WIS to conifer, mixed and broadleaf forests; successful applicants are eligible for three WIS payments (€ 750) for three separate interventions under the WIS scheme over a period of 12 years, once the work is in line with an approved transformation to CCF plan.

Red Ball    Native Woodland Conservation Scheme

The Native Woodland Conservation Scheme for the reinstatement of older existing woodland.

Eligible for forest fencing and tree shelter scheme.

Fencing allowances available under the Afforestation Grant & Premium Scheme now also apply to NWS Conservation.

RedBall    Reconstitution of Woodlands Scheme

Only available for Plantations effected by Ash Dieback Disease (Chalara fraxinea) - cuerrently being reviewed (since Mid April 2018).

The recent Reconstitution Scheme (Windblow) closed on the 24th February 2017. The total number of applications received was 193 amounting to 1,101ha.

Grants were previously available (up to June 2009) for replanting following damage due to natural disaster such as fire, wind-blow, drought, frost or disease and pests such as deer, grey squirrel or vole.

RedBall    Neighbour Wood Scheme

- To promote the neighbourwood scheme amongst Local Authorities, other public landowners and community groups.

- The scheme will be open to applications throughout the year

-The grant allocation per project will increase from € 17,500 to € 70,000, to reflect the scale of projects being funded so far under the Forestry Programme.


- This Scheme has been suspended since 2003.

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