Rates have been updated and are applicable from 21 February 2018
The Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme 2014-2020 supports the planting of new forests and offers a range of planting options designed to accommodate a variety of sustainable timber production and ecological objectives.
The afforestation grant and premium categories (GPCs) are determined by the category of land planted, the area and tree species planted.
More detailed information:
- Focus is on commercial timber production: Afforestation (GPC 1-8)
- Focus is on nature creation: Native Woodland Establishment (GPC 9-10)
- Combining trees with grazing or silage: Agro-Forestry (GPC 11)
- Planting of trees for energy purposes: Forestry for Fibre (GPC 12)
Please note: the new grant and premium rates as outlined above are applicable to all financial approvals (Form 1(a)) that receive approval from 21 February 2018. Any landowner with an earlier financial approval who has not submitted a Notice of Substantial Commencement (Form 1(b)) yet may withdraw the earlier financial approval and reapply.
Important information - worth reading!
- Brief Overview of Forestry Grant Rates
- How do I get the work done?, providing details on T&Cs, eligibility, applications, etc.
- Interaction of forestry with other farm schemes such as BPS, etc.
- Comparing farm forestry with other farm enterprises (PDF)
- Afforestation - legal requirements
- Change of Ownership
Please visit the relevant sections above to view scheme-specific publications.
- Overview of revised afforestation grants 2018-2020 (PDF)
- Farm Forestry Series No. 18: A Guide to Grant and Premium Categories (PDF)
- Farm Forestry Series No. 7: Establishing a Farm Forest. (PDF)
- List of Registered Foresters (PDF)
- List of Native Woodland Scheme Ecologists (PDF)
- Full details of the Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme 2014-2020 (PDF)
- Forestry Scheme Penalty Schedules (PDF)
Regulations may change over time. Before making an application, please check that you have the most recent information.
Noel Kennedy, Forestry Adviser with Teagasc discusses afforestation. Filmed at TIMBER 2017, Stradbally Hall Estate, Co Laois.
To encourage the planting of more forests, a range of planting schemes with attractive afforestation grants and annual payments are available to landowners. This video explains briefly what is involved and where to go for independent and objective advice.