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Native Woodland Scheme

The Native woodland scheme is aimed at protecting and expanding Irelands native woodland resource and associated biodiversity.

The aim of NW Conservation is to promote and support the appropriate restoration of existing native woodlands and associated biodiversity and the conversion, where appropriate, of existing non-native forests to native woodlands. NW Conservation protects our rate native woodland habitats that are often found on farms. Its emphasis is on minimal site disturbance, species selection based on the most appropriate native woodland type, the use of native planting stock, protection of watercourses and aquatic habitats and long-term ‘close-to-nature’ management.

Support is provided in the form of cost-based grant payment.