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Grants & Premiums – Frequently Asked Questions

A. We will look at your land, free of charge, and advise you on what species of tree is most suitable. In general Broadleaves are more site demanding than conifers.

A. The afforestation grant covers the full cost of establishing and maintaining the plantation for the first 4 years. The rate of grant aid depends on the species being planted, see grants and premium section.

A. All landowners can qualify for the forestry premium. We will explain the criteria in your case. Farmers qualify for a premium duration of 20 years

A. The simple answer is no. Planting approval must be secured from the Forest Service. We prepare and submit the application for planting approval for you.

A. After 15 years, you will have a semi mature plantation from which you will secure an income from profitable timber sales. We will advise you on the future revenue streams from timber sales.

A. We do and we also maintain the plantation for you. This is cost free.

A. Yes, the forest premium is usually paid within 3 months of the planting being completed.

A. We will maintain the plantation until it is in “free Growth”, normally achieved when it is 4 years old. This will involve replacement of failed trees, vegetation control, shaping hardwoods, fertilisation.

A. Yes, forest premiums are income tax-free, but are liable for USC and PRSI.

A. The trees and the timber belongs to you, the owner.

A. Yes, we will organise and manage the thinning of your forest for a % of the profit we make for you.

A. Yes, we have been in business since 1985 and we manage plantations in every county in Ireland.

A. Yes and once again we are best placed to advise you on this.