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Teagasc / DAFM information meetings on Revised Forestry Programme commence

The Government has approved new enhanced forest establishment and support grants arising from the Mid-Term Review of the Government’s current Forestry Programme 2014-2020. These revisions provide attractive changes to the already wide range of forestry grant establishment and support schemes, providing enhanced incentives for afforestation and promoting active forest management and timber harvesting.

A nationwide series of information meetings on the revised forestry programme commence today, Monday 12 March with a meeting in Teagasc Naas, County Kildare. Teagasc, in association with the Forest Service in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) will provide details of these scheme revisions.

The Government has approved new enhanced forest establishment and support grants arising from the Mid-Term Review of the Government’s current Forestry Programme 2014-2020. These revisions provide attractive changes to the already wide range of forestry grant establishment and support schemes, providing enhanced incentives for afforestation and promoting active forest management and timber harvesting.

A nationwide series of information meetings on the revised forestry programme commence today, Monday 12 March with a meeting in Teagasc Naas, County Kildare. Teagasc, in association with the Forest Service in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) will provide details of these scheme revisions. The series of nationwide information meetings will take place from today, 12 March through to 22 March, around the country.

These information meetings present an excellent opportunity to hear first-hand of the scheme changes. They will be of interest to farmers and landowners considering the multiple benefits of forestry as well as current forest owners seeking to optimise their on-farm resource.

Topics to be discussed will include the revised afforestation grant and premium rates, improved rates for a range of support schemes for existing forests and interaction with other agricultural schemes.

Dr Nuala Ni Fhatharta, Head of the Teagasc Forestry Development Department, said: “Forestry continues to be a highly attractive land use option, making your marginal land work for you. This series of information meetings on revisions to the Forestry Programme will allow those considering forestry to make objective and informed decisions”.

Steven Meyen, Forestry Advisor with Teagasc added: “Forests take many years to mature, gradually delivering more and more ecosystem goods and services such as timber production, carbon sequestration, recreation and air quality improvement. To achieve this, proactive management is essential. The recently announced revised support grant measures will assist forest owners to do just that”.

Teagasc encourages anyone considering establishing a forest, or who has an existing forest, to attend as attractive, important changes to the forestry grant structure have been introduced.

 

 

All meetings start at 7.30pm. All are welcome. Visit www.teagasc.ie/forestry for further details.

County

Venue

Date

Advisor

Cavan

Teagasc Ballyhaise College H12 E392

Wed March 21

Kevin O’Connell

087 1216159

Clare

Teagasc Ennis V95 R889

Thurs March 15

Michael Somers

087 1216163

Cork

Teagasc Kanturk P51 YR8E

Wed March 21

John Casey

087 2242283

Cork

Teagasc Skibbereen P81 AR23

Wed March 14

John Casey

087 2242283

Donegal

Teagasc Letterkenny F92 VE89

Wed March 14

Steven Meyen

087 6775158

Galway

Teagasc Ballinasloe H53 HX21

Tues March 20

Noel Kennedy

087 9090504

Kerry

Teagasc Killarney V93 W935

Thurs March 22

Jonathan Spazzi

087 7102739

Kildare

Teagasc Naas W91 HP38

Mon March 12

Liam Kelly

087 9090495

Kilkenny

Teagasc Kildalton College E32 YW08

Tues March 13

Michael Somers

087 1216163

Limerick

Teagasc Newcastle West V42 D603

Tues March 13

Jonathan Spazzi

087 7102739

Longford

Teagasc Longford N39 T180

Tues March 20

Liam Kelly

087 9090495

Mayo

McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris F12 D1W3

Thurs March 22

Noel Kennedy

087 9090504

Meath

Teagasc Navan C15 NR78

Tues March 13

Kevin O’Connell

087 1216159

Monaghan

Teagasc Monaghan H18 Y563

Thurs March 15

Kevin O’Connell

087 1216159

Offaly

Teagasc Tullamore R35 TP60

Thurs March 15

Liam Kelly

087 9090495

Roscommon

Teagasc Castlerea F45 NW99

Wed March 14

Noel Kennedy

087 9090504

Sligo

Teagasc Ballymote F56 A585

Thurs March 15

Steven Meyen

087 6775158

Tipperary

Teagasc Thurles E41 AK40

Thurs March 22

Michael Somers

087 1216163

Waterford

Teagasc Dungarvan X35 PF60

Thurs March 22

John Casey

087 2242283

Wexford

 

Teagasc Enniscorthy Y21 ED27

Thurs March 22

Frances McHugh

087 6222111

Wicklow

 

Teagasc Tinahely Y14 AN20

Tues March 20

Frances McHugh

087 6222111