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Other Forestry Grants

Red Ball    Forest Roading Grants

The Grant Rate is € 40 per metre with a maximum roading density allowed of 25m per ha.

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

Permission for a new access from a public road is required, that is unless an existing access was already in place prior to September 2011.

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

Red Ball    Woodland Improvement Scheme (Element 1 - Thinning)- Revised January 2019.

The scheme now provides for two thinning interventions for all broadleaf and broadleaf mixed forests regardless of whether or not they are grant-aided. - Both interventions are applied for separately.

Red Ball   First Intervention Thinning Grant

For Sycamore / Norway Maple and Alder the first intervention must be carried out when the average Top Height is 8 to 15 metres . For Oak mixed with Conifers, the Oak the average must be 8 to 15 metres. For Beech with Conifers, the Beech must average 7 to 15 metres. The exception is that Nurse trees must be removed where they interfere with either Oak or Beech.

For pure Oak or Beech crops no tending is required (go straight to second intervention).

Height restrictions do not apply for Ash.

Grant rate € 750/ha.

Red Ball   Second Intervention Thinning Grant

Only Forests that have already received a thinning grant (with the exceptions of pure Oak or Beech), will be eligible for a second intervention grant after a minimum of four years following completion of first thinning intervention works. The thinning must be on the same area and the top height must not exceeded 15m.

Sycamore / Norway Maple and Alder Top Height must average 12 to 15 metres. Oak top height must average 10 to 15 metres, Beech top height must average 12 to 15 metres.

Grant rate € 500/ha.

Download Scheme document Woodland Improvement Scheme - Thinning (January 2019) pdf 1,043 Kb)


Woodland Improvement Scheme - Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF) - New January 2019.

This pilot scheme is now fully suscribed (300 ha) and no new applications are being accepted.

Conifer, broadleaf and broadleaf mixed forests are eligible.

The scheme will comprise of a CCF Transformation Management Plan that will run for a period of 12 years with three installments of € 750 occurring at intervals throughout the 12-year period.

The first installment will be at year 1 with the final payment issuing within 12 years from the date of completion of works relating to the first intervention.

Download Scheme document Woodland Improvement Scheme - Continuous Cover Forestry (January 2019) pdf 1,560 Kb)

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.

Red Ball    Native Woodland Conservation Scheme

- Restoration of existing native woodland (e.g. the removal of invasive species such as rhododendron, protection against deer and/or livestock, underplanting, promotion of natural regeneration). Conversion of existing conifer forests to native woodland. Grant Rates for High Forest € 5,000 over four years

- Protection and management of existing 'scrub' to capitalise on its ecological value as emerging native woodland. Grant Rates for Emergent Woodland € 2,500.

Annual Forest premium € 350 per ha. for seven years.

Native Woodland Conservation areas are eligible for the same Fencing allowances as the Afforestation Grant & Premium Scheme, as well as the forest fencing and tree shelter scheme.

Download Scheme documents : Native Woodland Conservation Scheme September 2015 (pdf 1,400Kb)

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.

Red Ball   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.

Red Ball   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

Red Ball   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.

    Reconstitution of Woodlands Scheme

This was only available for Plantations effected by Ash Dieback Disease (Chalara fraxinea) - currently 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.

There was a Reconstitution Scheme (Drought) to cover the costs associated with replanting of trees killed in the 2018 drought. The deadline for submission of applications under this Scheme was the 10th May, 2019, there were 120 applications.

In May 2019 there was severe damage and losses of trees, particularly in the Midlands, the case is being made for a RCW Scheme to cover at least some of the costs involved.

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. The Afforestation Scheme was originally intended to cover all of the owners costs and the RCW Scheme was a safety net for additional costs arising from un-insurable risks.

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.

RedBall    Forestry KT Groups 2019

Participants in a newly announced forestry Knowledge Transfer (KT) scheme will be reimbursed €70 for each meeting attended up to a maximum of €490.

Knowledge transfer groups are a well-established method of sharing knowledge and best practice

email for details of a group near you.


- This Scheme has been suspended since 2003.

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