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Forest Type 7 (FT7)

The aim of Forest Type 7 – Other Broadleaves is to produce quality hardwood timber (other than oak or beech).

Acceptable tree species

The following species may be planted as part of FT7 plots:

  • Common alder (Alnus glutinosa)
  • Italian alder (Alnus cordata)
  • Southern beech (Nothofagus procera / Nothofagus obliqua)
  • Downy birch (Betula pubescens)
  • Wild cherry (Prunus avium)
  • Spanish (Sweet) chestnut (Castanea sativa)
  • Common hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
  • Common lime (Tilia × europaea / Tilia cordata / Tilia platyphyllos)
  • Norway maple (Acer platanoides)
  • Red oak (Quercus rubra)
  • Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)
  • Silver birch (Betula pendula) and Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) may be considered in certain circumstances after consultation with the Forest Service.

Stocking density

All species must be planted pure at a stocking rate of 2,500 stems/ha and at a spacing of 2 x 2 metres.

Nurse species

An appropriate nurse species can be considered on larger sites where additional shelter is required. The nurse species can make up 30% of the total stems per hectare.

The nurse species needs to be removed when they begin to dominate or interfere with the height and crown development of the main species.

Grant rates


Forest Type

Grant Rates
(excluding fencing) 

Annual Premium

Number of Premiums
for Non-Farmers
Number of Premiums
for Farmers


Other Broadleaves

€4,314 €973 15 20 

Additional support measures

  • A Fencing Grant ensures that newly established forests are fully protected from browsing animals.
  • An Environment Report Grant will be paid if a report from an ecologist or archaeologist is submitted.

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