Forestry News

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 […]

Applying for a Forestry Premium Online

You can now apply on the Forest Service website for next year’s Forestry premium.

Please see below a link to a video on the Department of Agriculture’s website, which will bring you through the steps to apply for the premium online, and a second link which will bring you to the application form itself.

Video:
http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/agfoodiehelpvideos/applyingforaforestrypremiumonline/

Application Form:
https://agfood.agriculture.gov.ie/ssoauthagfood/individual.jsp

Forestry income removed from the tax net

The Irish Forestry and Forest Products Association (IFFPA), the Ibec group that represents the forestry sector, today said the exemption of forestry income from the high earners’ restriction provides a major boost to forestry.

Mark McAuley, Director of the IFFPA said: “The budget’s removal of profits from the occupation of woodlands from the high earners’ restriction is very welcome. It will boost the whole sector. IFFPA has worked hard with the Department of Agriculture to remove forestry income from the tax net. This is a major gain and will greatly help the forestry sector to grow and prosper.

“The budget’s action on forestry was essential. It properly rewards long term investment, encourages continued afforestation, ensures efficient harvesting practices and will improve the […]

Forestry sector responds positively to clear-felling tax break

Forestry sector responses to the budget have been largely positive, both for the sector’s overall €113.8m allocation and for targeted tax reliefs.

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 […]

The Forestry Company Welcomes Increased Funding for Forestry in Budget 2016

Hayes Welcomes Increased Funding for Forestry, Horticulture, Organics and Greyhound Sectors in Budget 2016

Tom Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for the Forestry, Horticulture and Greyhound sectors has today welcomed the allocation of € 113.8 million for the 2016 forestry programme.

€113.8m will be made available under the Forestry Programme in 2016. This will provide for existing premia payments and support the planting of approximately 7,000 hectares of new forests. “These new forests, in addition to their eventual value as a raw material for the processing industry, will make an important contribution towards meeting climate emission targets through carbon sequestration and fossil fuel replacement” said Minister Hayes.

Referring to the removal of […]

Harvesting Site

Photographs taken from work recently carried out by The Forestry Company on the second thinning of an Ash site.

National Tree Week 1st – 8th March 2015

Noel Lane of The Forestry Company celebrated National Tree Week in his local community.
He is pictured with members of Farranfore Development Association and Currow Rural Development Association.
Noel also donated new trees to Loughfouder National School, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry and to Brosna National School, Co. Kerry.

The Forestry Company welcomes new Afforestation Scheme

The new forestry programme has been warmly welcomed by John Roche of The Forestry Company who noted that there are a number of changes in the new scheme which will make it significantly more attractive than the one it replaces. The key improvements are in the improved forest road grant scheme as well as the opening up of the attractive annual premiums to farmers and non-farmers alike.
Indeed the removal of the barrier to the farmer rate of premium for non-farmers has been welcomed by most in the industry. Mr. Roche stated “This is a major improvement on the old scheme. Many landowners were effectively locked out of the previous scheme because they would not qualify for the farmer rate of […]

National Ploughing Championships 2014

We were delighted to receive an excellent turn out at our stand this year, meeting people from all backgrounds, including Minister Tom Hayes.

We hope everyone enjoyed the Ploughing Championships, and we look forward to seeing you next year.

The Forestry Company Sponsor Special Olympics

Jenny Hynes of The Forestry Company presenting Linda Foley with a sponsorship cheque on Friday 10th October 2014.