Reconstitution Ash Dieback Scheme 2023–2027
Financial support can be made available for:
- Site clearance: This involves the clearance of ash trees and associated operations in order to present the site for reconstitution.
- Reconstitution: This involves the replacement of ash trees with alternative species following ash clearance. The following Forest Types (Brief overview of forest establishment grant rates) are available for replanting:
- FT1 Native forests
- FT6 Broadleaf, mainly oak and beech
- FT7 Diverse Broadleaf
- FT8 Agroforestry
- FT10 Continuous Cover Forestry
- FT11 Mixed high forests: Diverse Conifer
- FT12 Mixed high forests with Sitka Spruce and minimum 20% broadleaves
Grant aid levels
The reconstitution will be paid in three instalments:
- Application for the Site Clearance Grant.
- Application for the first Instalment Grant and top up premium payment may be made following the reconstitution of the treated area (75%).
- Application for the second Instalment Grant may be made four years after the site is successfully reconstituted (25%).
Support for site clearance
Support for reconstitution
Continuation of premiums
Reconstitution grant will be paid at the appropriate rate, based on species mix planted and associated Forest Type, described in the Afforestation Scheme:
See Brief overview of forest establishment grant rates for further details.
Premium payments will continue for the period remaining on the afforestation premiums. For sites undergoing reconstitution where the replacement species results in a change of GPC, the annual premium will be adjusted to reflect the new GPC rate under the original planting programme.
An additional top up premium will be paid equivalent to the difference between the ongoing premium and the associated Forest Type (FT) premium as described in the afforestation scheme proposed under the Forestry Programme 2023-2027. This top up will be calculated for the remaining years of premium and paid in a single sum.
For those in receipt of non-farmer rate of premium, a top up €300 will be paid per hectare, calculated for the remaining period left in premium and paid in a single sum.
This scheme is subject to an ongoing Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) process. The Minister therefore reserves the right to revise the terms & conditions of this scheme in accordance with the relevant findings.
Applicants may therefore be required to "opt-in" to any revised terms & conditions before a decision is made on their application.
Applicants will qualify for any amendments or additional measures recommended by the Review Group, provided that such changes do not disadvantage applicants to the current scheme.
- Full details of the Reconstitution Ash Dieback Scheme 2023–2027 (PDF)