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Frost Damage - Reconstitution of Woodland Scheme

Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday, 31 May 2022 (amended).

Background

Ireland experienced significant late spring frost events in May 2019, May 2020 and May 2021. These events affected forests with recently planted trees, planted under DAFM’s Afforestation Schemes. Late spring frost can particularly affect commercial forests, both through direct mortality of affected trees, and by damaging trees through reductions in growth form, and consequent impacts on timber quality and values.

In order to minimise the financial impact on those private forest owners worst affected during these years, a Reconstitution of Woodland Scheme for those who have experienced losses of 30% or greater may support owners in this situation, and to restore forest crops to their intended condition.

Scheme objectives

The objectives of this scheme are:

  • to reconstitute newly planted forests significantly damaged by the frost events of 2019, 2020 and 2021 replacing dead trees with plants of acceptable quality, provenances and species.
  • to prune damaged trees where damage is significant but not severe enough to warrant full replacement of stems.

Eligibility

Only private forest owners who planted during the period between 1 November 2014 (amended) and 1 June 2021 and whose entire forests sustained a minimum of 30% losses are eligible to apply under the Scheme. Within eligible forests satisfying this requirement, grant aid will then be given to those plots that have experienced 30% or greater damage.

Grant rates

This grant scheme is cost-based. Evidence of costs expended and receipts for items purchased must be retained and produced on the request of the Department. Maximum grant rates are as follows:

Grant and Premium Category (GPC)% damage ratemax grant rate (€/ha)
Conifers GPC 1-4

more than 50% 850
40-49% 680
30-39% 510
Broadleaves GPC 5-12

more than 50% 1180
40-49% 945
30-39% 708

The closing date for receipt of applications under the scheme is Tuesday, 31 May 2022 (amended).

All grant payments under this scheme will be subject to an inspection regime at pre-planting and post-planting stages to ensure that plant losses declared are correct and that they subsequently have been replaced.

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