Teagasc provides objective and independent information on forestry grants to private landowners
Native Tree Area Scheme
The Native Tree Area Scheme (NTA 1 & 2) supports the creation of small native forests (up to one hectare) on farmed land. An afforestation licence is not required. Both farmers and non-farmers can apply.
The Afforestation Scheme (Overview of forest establishment grant rates) supports the creation of a wide range of forests with varying objectives. An afforestation licence will be required. Both farmers and non-farmers can apply.
|Native Forests (Forest Type 1)||Other Broadleaves (Forest Type 7)|
|Forests for Water (Forest Type 2)||Agroforestry (Forest Type 8)|
|Forests on Public Lands (Forest Type 3)||Seed Orchards (Forest Type 9)|
|NeighbourWoods (Forest Type 4)||Continuous Cover Forestry (Forest Type 10)|
|Emergent Forests (Forest Type 5)||Mixed High Forests with conifers and broadleaves (Forest Type 11)|
|Pure Broadleaves - oak or beech (Forest Type 6)||Mixed High Forests with spruce and broadleaves (Forest Type 12)|
Additional support measures
- A Fencing Grant ensures that newly established forests are protected from browsing animals.
- The voluntary Deer Tree Shelter, Hare and Deer Fencing Scheme can be considered where there is a substantial risk of deer or hare damage.
- An Environment Report Grant will be paid if a report from an ecologist or archaeologist is submitted.
- The Woodland Environmental Fund provides participating landowners (Forest Types 1 & 2) an additional once-off single payment
The following support measures are available to better manage an existing forest:
- Forest Roads Scheme 2023-2027
- Deer Tree Shelter, Hare and Deer Fencing Scheme
- Reconstitution Ash Dieback Scheme 2023–2027
Useful grants information
- Getting started in forestry in five steps
- Online forestry premium applications
- Interaction of forestry with other farm schemes
- Licence applications can be viewed on the DAFM Forestry Licence Viewer (external website)
Do you have forestry questions of a technical nature? Please visit the Advisory section.
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