Jordan Auctioneers begin 2024 by bringing circa 170ac of cleared forestry land north of the M7 to auction in late February. What marks this clear-fell land out as different from similar old forestry ground is the fact that there is no replanting obligation attached. This is because it wasn’t a commercial plantation and didn’t benefit from Government forestry grants.

The land, which is being sold as two separate entities, was planted in the early 1990s in four different types of Christmas trees.

First up is a 64ac property at Oldtowndonore, Naas, Co Kildare. These lands are all in the one block with frontage onto the local road in an area that is largely agricultural along with some single one-off rural housing. Just 5km from the village of Caragh, the land is 7km from Prosperous. Within 10km and 13km respectively, is Naas and Newbridge, with Sallins also close by. Added to that, the M7 and M9 motorways are within 20 minutes drive. It has a guide price of €7,000/ac on this ground.

Both holdings were used for growing Christmas trees but there are no replanting conditions as the lands were not commercial forestry and no government grants were obtained.

The 106 acres at Inchacooley, Monasterevin, Co. Laois lies on the border between Laois and Kildare.

The second land block is just across the border between Kildare and Laois and is slightly larger at 106ac. Almost halfway between Monasterevin (5km) and Portarlington (6.5km), the ground at Inchacooley, Monasterevin, Co Laois is accessed via a local road and is 15 minutes’ drive from the M7 motorway at Junction 14. On its northern and eastern boundary, 110kv lines cross the lands and the River Figile bounds the land along the eastern side. This is guided at €5,000/ ac.

“Both land parcels could be used for commercial forestry, agricultural use or solar development,” says Clive Kavanagh of the selling agents.

It is worth noting there would be a cost to remove stumps.

Both holdings are being sold by public auction on Thursday 22 February at 3pm in Lawlor’s Hotel, Naas.