Mon, 25th Oct, 2010
Press release and editorial
Funding for 1,500 ha of new planting has been allocated for forestry planting this autumn. Speaking last week, Minister for State, Sean Connick TD confirmed that ‘his department would immediately start issuing financial approvals for 1,500 hectares this autumn, this is in view of the very encouraging planting levels to date this year’.
Landowners who have received a technical approval for forestry planting may now submit an application for full financial approval for both the forestry grant and premium. Funding is limited to those landowners who are in a position to proceed immediately. New forms have been issued in consultation with the industry to facilitate the targeting of limited funding towards establishment projects which are most likely to result in new planting.
The new procedure consists of 3 forms, which have to be completed, signed and returned to the Forest Service at the following stages, (1a) applications for financial approval for imminent planting (1b) notice of substantial commencement within 14 days and (1c) notice of completion of planting by expiry date in technical approval.
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me, Fearghal Kealey, Forest and Tree Services Ltd., Kinnitty. (086)3207800.