As predicted, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney announced the opening of the second tranche of the Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment (GLAS) scheme at the National Ploughing Championships last week, with an opening date of 12 October.

A lack of trees for both planting new hedgerows and traditional apple orchards was the reason two popular measures have been suspended under the second tranche of GLAS, according to the Department at the Ploughing.