Irish Independent - Farming : 2019-02-05

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FORESTRY

25 Farming Independent Tuesday 5 February 2019 forestry TABLE 1: AFFORESTATION GRANT (€/HA) Grant and Premium Category (GPC) First Grant (€/ha) Second Grant(€/ha) allocation (€/ha) IS436 fencing (140m/ha) Non-IS436 fencing allocation (100m/ha) Total Grant available (€/ha) GPC 1 – Unenclosed 1,605 535 600 350 2,740 GPC 2 – Sitka spruce / Lodgepole pine 2,330 775 600 350 3,705 GPC 3 – mainly Sitka spruce 2,410 805 600 350 3,815 GPC 4 – Diverse Conifer 2,785 925 600 350 4,310 GPC 5 – Broadleaf 3,960 1,320 600 450 5,880 GPC 6 – Oak 4,215 1,405 600 450 6,220 GPC 7 – Beech 4,215 1,405 600 450 6,220 GPC 8 – Alder and Birch 2,695 900 600 450 4,195 GPC 9 – Native Woodland Establishment (oak-birch-holly-hazel) 4,215 1,405 600 450 6,220 GPC 10 – Native Woodland Establishment (alder-oak) 3,960 1,320 600 450 5,880 to forestry companies. A list of Registered Foresters is available from www.teagasc.ie/forestry. It is a good idea to discuss your plans with a number of consultants / companies. This gives them an opportunity to explain to you what they can offer but it is equally important that you explain clearly what you want. This will help to avoid misunderstandings later on. Walk the land in question with each consultant / company and ask for references so that you can visit some of their projects in your area. Also ask your neighbours about their experience. Make sure that the consultant / company understands how other support schemes interact with forestry. You don’t want to lose your BPS payment! The Registered Forester of your choice will then make a forestry grant application, dealing with the above mentioned restrictions. The application process may take a few months. Once the approval has been issued, you need to decide if you wish to go ahead. If you will go ahead, ensure that you have a written contract in place before any work begins. It is also a good idea to refer the contract to your solicitor. GPC 11 – Agroforestry GPC 12 – Forestry for Fibre 4,215 2,410 1,405 805 600 600 450 450 6,220 3,815 GRANT APPLICATIONS Once you understand what is involved and the implications, you may wish to make a grant application. To do so, you need to choose a ‘Registered Forester’. This is an important decision as the Registered Forester will act as your agent and make the grant application on your behalf. If the application is successful and you decide to go ahead; then this person will continue to be involved by coordinating some or all of the work. Registered Foresters work in the private sector, either as consultant foresters or attached TABLE 2: AFFORESTATION PREMIUM (€/HA) Grant and Premium Category (GPC) Annual Premium Rate <10ha (€/ha) Annual Premium Rate >10ha (€/ha) Premium Duration (years) GPC 1 – Unenclosed 185 190 15 GPC 2 – Sitka spruce / Lodgepole pine 440 450 15 GPC 3 – mainly Sitka spruce 510 520 15 GPC 4 – Diverse Conifer 590 600 15 GPC 5 – Broadleaf 605 620 15 GPC 6 – Oak 645 660 15 GPC 7 – Beech 645 660 15 GPC 8 – Alder and Birch 605 620 15 GPC 9 – Native Woodland Establishment (oak-birch-holly-hazel) 665 680 15 GPC 10 – Native Woodland Establishment (alder-oak) 665 680 15 GPC 11 – Agroforestry 645 660 5 GPC 12 – Forestry for Fibre 510 520 15 KEEP IN MIND THAT NO-ONE IS TELLING YOU TO PLANT COMMERCIAL, FAST-GROWING CONIFERS farmireland. ie Steven Meyen is a Teagasc forestry advisor email: [email protected] teagasc.ie

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