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Forests on Public Lands

Forest Type 3 (FT3)

The aim of Forest Type 3 – Forests on Public Lands is to conserve nature by promoting the establishment of permanent, non-commercial native woodlands on public land which are capable of delivering a wide range of ecosystem services.

It encourages public bodies such as government departments and state-sponsored organisations, higher education authorities and local authorities to establish new native forests on suitable bare land to increase Ireland’s native forest cover with accompanying biodiversity, water quality, landscape and climate change benefits.

It can also support outdoor recreational development which itself promotes contact with the natural world, physical and mental well-being, and outdoor learning. 


Forest Type

Proposed Grant Rates
(excluding fencing)

Proposed Annual Premium Payments

Proposed Number of Premiums for Non-FarmersProposed Number of Premiums for


Forests on Public Lands*

€11,044 n/a n/a n/a 

* Grant includes Trails, Seats and Signage facilities as well as a Derelict Site payment.

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