New ‘Seed Stand and Seed Orchard Scheme’ Announced by Hayes

Tom Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, today announced the launch of a new Seed Stand and Seed Orchard Scheme. The Minister of State made the announcement during his keynote address to the National Conference on ‘What shall we do with our hardwoods’, organised by the Wood Marketing Federation and the Society of Irish Foresters, in Johnstown Castle Hotel, Enfield, Co. Meath. Minister of States Hayes congratulated both organisations on organising the conference, the subject of which he noted as “very topical and follows logically from the subject of last year’s conference ‘What shall we do with our timber?” He also noted that the results of the Second [...]


Minister Hayes Announces Payment of Annual Forestry Premium

Tom Hayes, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, announced that the annual tax-free forestry premium payments for 2015 will be issued by his Department today with forest owners receiving them by the end of this week. Minister Hayes commented that “the level of payments each year illustrate the interest and take-up of the Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme over the years, with farmers representing the bulk of the forest owners. I am confident that the new Forestry Programme 2014-2020, which consists of 11 measures with increased grant and premium rates for new afforestation projects, will prove equally attractive to landowners”. Forest premiums are payable annually under the Afforestation Grant [...]


2014 Windblow Guidance Circular from the Forest Service

Following the recent storm events and in particular, the windblow event of 12th February 2014, Minister Tom Hayes established a Windblow Taskforce.  This Taskforce is chaired by Minister Hayes and includes IFFPA, Coillte, IFA, ITGA and the Forest Service, DAFM. The aim of the group is to assess the damage nationally and to quickly identify the various issues that have arisen and that will arise as a result of the severe windblow, and to agree on a course of actions to deal with these issues. Registered forest service providers have received a guidance document produced by the Taskforce that may assist owners and foresters in dealing with the windblown forests damaged during recent storms. Gerry Cassidy Assistant Principal Forestry Division [...]


Single Farm Payment and Forestry Clarification

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes TD, this week  announced  that the current arrangement whereby  payment of the forest premium and the Single Farm Payment on the same land will continue under the new Forestry Programme 2014-2020.  The same rules will apply as before, the main one being that the land being planted must have been eligible to draw down Single Farm Payment in 2008  “I am aware that some people have been holding off on making decisions to plant forestry because of concerns about their future Single farm Payment  entitlements. I am happy to provide them with the necessary assurance to enable them to opt for forestry and the attractive [...]


Simon Coveney TD Issues Fire Warning to Forest Owners

The Forestry Company would like to advise all forest owners that at present, conditions exist which create an extreme risk of forest fires. Minister Simon Coveney issued the following Press Release in relation to this matter today, Friday the 3rd May 2013: Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine today asked farmers, forest owners, forest managers and the public to be alert to the risk of land and forest fires over the coming Bank Holiday weekend. The Minister noted that while current weather conditions are highly variable, very high risk fire conditions appear to exist in some parts of the country, in particular the South and South West regions, with several fires reported in North Kerry in [...]