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Seed Stand and Seed Orchard Scheme

This measure supports the conservation and development of Ireland’s forest genetic resource.

This Scheme consists of two elements:

The Forest Genetic Resources Reproductive Material measure of the Forestry Programme 2014-2020 aims to support the conservation and development of Ireland’s forest genetic resource. This will be achieved through the Seed Stand and Seed Orchard Scheme.

The primary objective of these schemes is to:

  • increase the resilience, productivity and quality of Irish forests
  • increase self-sufficiency in tree seed production
  • provide for in-situ and ex-situ conservation of forest genetic resources
  • provide breeding populations of designated broadleaf species (e.g. birch, oak and sycamore)

Only broadleaf seed stands registered on the National List of Basic Material will be funded under the Seed Stand and Seed Orchard Scheme while the establishment of new seed orchards may include both conifer and broadleaf species.

Element 1 - Seed Stands

Element 1 is aimed at improving the management and conservation of existing, registered Broadleaf Seed Stands included on the National List of Basic Material so as to increase the frequency, quality and volume of commercial seed production and collection.

The Scheme will support the improvement and management of seed stands which are classified as selected, or tested for the following species:

  • Pedunculate oak (Quercus robur)
  • Sessile oak (Quercus petraea)
  • Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)
  • Spanish chestnut (Castanea sativa)
  • Silver birch (Betula pendula)
  • Downey birch (Betula pubescens)

Seed stands mus t be 1ha or more while the maximum area eligible for funding is 5ha (10ha for oak) although the total area of the seed stand can be larger. The beneficiary will be obliged to maintain the seed stand for 7 years from the date of completion of works.

Grant Rates (€/ha)

Category1st instalment
(€/ha)
2nd instalment
(€/ha)
Total grant available (€/ha)Premium (€/ha)
Element 1 - Broadleaf seed stands 400 125 525 -

Element 2 - Seed Orchards (GPC 13)

Element 2 will support the establishment of new seed orchards, both clonal and seedling, both indoor and outdoor.

The maximum eligible area for outdoor seed orchards will be 5ha; the seed orchard area can be larger but only up to 5ha will be eligible for funding.

The Scheme will support the establishment of seed orchards for the following species:

  • Pedunculate oak (Quercus robur)
  • Sessile oak (Quercus petraea)
  • Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)
  • Spanish chestnut (Castanea sativa)
  • Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis)
  • Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • Silver birch (Betula pendula)
  • Downey birch (Betula pubescens)
  • Common alder (Alnus glutinosa)

The applicant and a Registered Forester must complete the outdoor seed orchard application while the participation of a Registered Forester in the administrative process is not a requirement for indoor seed orchards.

Grant Rates (€/ha)

Category1st instalment
(€/ha)
2nd instalment
(€/ha)
Total grant available (€/ha)Premium (€/ha)Duration (years)
Element 2 - Outdoor seed orchards (GPC 13) 7,500 2,500 10,000 500 7
Element 2 - Indoor seed orchards* (GPC 13) 37,500 / application 12,500 / application 50,000 / application - -

* 50% of establishment costs up to a maximum of €50,000 per application

Further information

Relevant publications: