No better time to plant

With a 100% Planting grant, 20 year tax-free premiums and retention of the Single Payment there has never been a better time for Co Leitrim farmers to boost their income by planting forestry says Teagasc’s local Forestry Development Officers.

With a 100% Planting grant, 20 year tax-free premiums and retention of the Single Payment there has never been a better time for Co Leitrim farmers to boost their income by planting forestry says Teagasc’s local Forestry Development Officers.

Forestry is a financially attractive, practical and secure option for farmers looking to boost income, grow timber and provide a solid long term investment. An Afforestation (planting) grant is available to farmers and land-owners to plant and maintain a plantation for the first four years.

The grant ranges up to €5500 per hectare, depending on the type of tree to be planted and will cover 100% of the cost of planting and maintenance for four years in most cases.

In addition farmers* can also receive an annual tax-free premium of €427 per hectare (€173 per acre) for 20 years for a typical conifer site and higher if suitable for broadleaf trees such as Oak, Ash and Alder.

There’s more good news for farmers with entitlements planting in 2012/13 because they will be able to draw their Single Payment* on the planted land.

To apply for an Afforestation grant you will need to contact a Registered forester. These are professional foresters registered with the Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine who will prepare and submit the application on your behalf.

A list of registered foresters is available from Forest Service, Wexford 1890 200509 or on the Teagasc forestry website www.teagasc.ie/forestry.

The planting season will start in November – so taking the usual administrative delays into account you should start planning your application now so that you will have Afforestation grant approval in good time.

For free and independent Teagasc forestry advice in South Leitrim contact Noel Kennedy 087 9090504 or in North Leitrim contact Steven Meyen 087 6775158 or oyur local Teagasc office. * Terms and conditions apply to eligibility for farmer premium and receipt of Single Payment on planted land.