The programme for government includes a number of forestry actions to deliver “an ambitious afforestation plan”. It sidesteps a specific annual afforestation target, probably due to mixed messages and targets from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in recent years.

The Department’s 2014 forestry strategy “Forests products and people” focused on increasing “the level of annual afforestation to 15,000ha”. The last government decided on 8,000ha, while FoodWise 2025 committed to “increasing annual afforestation to 15,000ha from 2021”.