Recent data from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on licence approvals may not provide much comfort to the forestry and forest products sector, but there are a few signs that the industry may be turning a corner.

Licences issued for afforestation, roads and felling provide mixed messages. There is little to be gained from comparing afforestation results for the current disastrous year with 2019, when planting was still less than half the Government’s 8,000ha programme.