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 [...]


Tom Hayes TD Announces Extension of State Aid Approval for Forestry

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes TD, today welcomed the formal confirmation from the European Commission of the prolongation of the State aid approval for the Forestry Programme which has facilitated the re-opening of the Afforestation and other support schemes. Commenting, Minister Hayes stated “this formal notification of the prolongation of the State Aid allows my Department to continue to financially support applications for afforestation and the range of supports schemes, including roads, pending the development of new Schemes under the new Forestry Programme 2014-2020.  The terms and conditions of the current Schemes including 20 year premiums and current rates of grant and premium payments will continue to apply to applications [...]


Day 2 at the National Ploughing Championships

We are delighted to be receiving an excellent turn out at our stand this year; meeting people from all backgrounds, including Irish, Leinster and Lions Rugby star Mr. Sean O’ Brien. We hope everyone else is enjoying the Ploughing Championships as much as we are, and we look forward to seeing you there.


Government Commitment to Forestry

The Forestry Company welcomes the Government’s continued commitment to forestry following the budget allocation of €105 million for the 2014 forestry programme. This allocation of funding is sufficient to ensure that 7,000 hectares of new planting can take place in 2014. Tom Hayes, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, welcomed the news stating that “the provision of Government funding has been a major factor in the development of forestry over the last number of decades and I am pleased that the Government has been able to commit €105 million towards its continued development. A lot of the forests which were planted, with Government support, are now at or approaching [...]


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 [...]


The Forestry Company Welcomes Government Commitment to Forestry

The forestry industry received some welcome news on the 5th December when Minister Coveney announced that he wants to uphold the Government’s commitment to afforestation. Recognising the multifaceted nature of this industry and the many benefits that accompany its’ development, he referred to the potential for job creation and job maintenance within this sector and the role that this industry has to play in the context of climate change. Speaking on behalf of The Forestry Company following the publication of Minister Coveney’s Press Release, Éamonn Ó Curraoin stated: “Not only is it reassuring that funding has been allocated which will ensure that the private planting programme continues in 2012, but we are also delighted to hear that forestry premium rates [...]


Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney Officially Opens Head Office of The Foresty Company

Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Simon Coveney, officially opened the head office of The Forestry Company at the Marina Commercial Park in Cork city on Monday the 17th October. Providing a nationwide service in all aspects of farm forestry, The Forestry Company also has regional offices in Kerry, Limerick, Galway, Cavan and Longford. Welcoming the growth of the company, Minister Coveney highlighted the importance of forestry in Ireland noting that the conditions in this country are particularly suited to forestry growth and development.  Taking into account this naturally advantageous position Ireland holds in comparison to its’ European neighbours, the potential of the forestry industry to generate rural employment should not be understated. The expansion of indigenous companies plays a vital role [...]