Forest Reconstitution Scheme
This measure supports the reconstitution of Ash plantations which have suffered from or are associated with Ash Dieback disease.
Chalara fraxinea, known as ash dieback disease, is a relatively newly described fungal disease of ash which was first named in 2006 although dieback symptoms in ash had been first noted in Poland in the early 1990s. The harmful reproducing stage of the fungus, a new species Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus, was later discovered in 2010.
The disease has spread rapidly across much of Europe, with the majority of European countries where ash is present now reporting the disease.
Common ash (Fraxinus excelsior) is susceptible to Chalara ash dieback disease, as are a number of other species of ash. The disease can affect ash trees of any age and in any setting. Death of the trees can occur, with younger trees (less than ten years old) succumbing more rapidly.
The Reconstitution Scheme (Chalara) supports the reconstitution of Ash plantations which have suffered from or are associated with Ash Dieback disease caused by the fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus. The objective of this scheme is to restore forests affected by Hymenoscyphus fraxineus by supporting the removal and destruction of trees and leaf litter affected by the disease and the reconstitution of the forest with an alternative species to Ash.
The following operations are eligible for grant aid:
- Removal and destruction of trees and leaf litter affected by Chalara fraxinea, in compliance with the Sanitation Action Plan
- Replacement plants and planting
- Ground preparation (if applicable)
- Vegetation control (1-4years, if applicable)
- Other operations may be approved upon application
It is important that all leaf litter is adequately destroyed. Research indicates that spore production from the leaf litter of infected trees poses a significant risk of re-infection in the following growing season. Consequently, all operations must be undertaken in strict compliance with the Sanitation Action Plan approved by the Department.
The forest owner and a Registered Forester (see List of Registered Foresters, PDF) must complete the application. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed estimate of costs. No work should commence until formal written approval has been granted by the Department.
|Grant-aided forest category||Top height of trees/average DBH/age requirements||Clearance requirement / advice||Support schemes available|
|1||<7m in top height||Must remove all ash trees in the affected plot(s)||Reconstitution Scheme (Chalara Ash Dieback) only|
|2||≥7m in top height but not meet any one of the following three criteria:
a) ≥15m in top height, or
b) on average ≥18cm in average DBH, or
c) ≥25 years of age
|Must remove the individual ash trees which show signs of infection in the affected plot(s) / plantation||
Woodland Improvement Scheme (Element 1: Thinning and Tending)
Meet any one of the following three criteria:
|Advice on options for managing their situation etc.||Woodland Improvement Scheme (Element 1: Thinning and Tending) only.|
Grant Rates (€/ha)
This grant scheme is cost-based, subject to the costs approved by the Department or the maximum rates detailed below, whichever is the lower. Evidence of costs expended and receipts for items purchased must be retained. Grant aid will be paid exclusive of VAT.
The reconstitution grant is paid in three instalments:
- Application for the Site Clearance Grant may be made following the removal and destruction of trees and leaf litter affected by Chalara fraxinea, in accordance with the Sanitation Action Plan and area treated
- Application for the first Instalment Grant may be made following the reconstitution (replanting) of the treated area
- Application for the second Instalment Grant may be made four years after the site is successfully reconstituted
|Rates per treated hectare (€/ha)|
|Site clearance grant (removal and destruction)||Cost to a maximum of €1,500/ha|
|First instalment (replanting)||Conifers
|Cost to a maximum of €2,500/ha
Cost to a maximum of €3,800/ha
|Second instalment (maintenance)||Conifers
|Cost to a maximum of €800/ha
Cost to a maximum of €1,200/ha
Please note: The maximum grant payable in respect of the first and second instalments shall be determined by the species planted by reference to the Grant and Premium Category (GPC). There is no fencing allowance.