Opposition to Mayo forestry planting by French firm
Declan O’Brien
Locals claim that 50% of the lands at Craggagh, between Balla and Kiltimagh, is already planted to Sitka spruce and other conifers.
17 April 2024 News
RDS to host two-day festival on biodiversity and sustainability
The RDS will host a festival on biodiversity and sustainability on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 May, as one of the RDS Foundation's social impact programmes.
10 April 2024 News
No agreement on ash dieback funding
Talks between the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform are ongoing but no agreement has been reached regarding financing the ash dieback implementation plan.
Forest cover increased 12% between 2012 and 2021
Wicklow was the county with the highest percentage cover of forests and woodlands in 2021.
30 March 2024 Forestry
NI forestry targets are a 'huge challenge'
Annual rates of afforestation will have to ramp up considerably if future targets are to be met
20 March 2024 Northern Ireland
Group forest certification in action
Donal Whelan outlines how group certification allows smaller forest owners to become certified and share the financial and administrative costs involved.
20 March 2024 Forestry
What a real native woodland scheme might look like
While the Forestry Programme 2023-27 comes with a new emphasis on native species, a meaningful commitment to our last remaining native woodlands is missing, writes Ray Ó Foghlú.
Farmer and tree surgeon dispute alleged breach of Wildlife Act
A farmer and tree surgeon have disputed NPWS claims that they cut trees unlawfully during the nesting season.
6 March 2024 News
Green light for 80ha under Native Tree Area Scheme
The Native Tree Area Scheme (NTAS) allows farmers to plant up to 2ha of native woodland without the need for a licence.
17 February 2024 Schemes
Grants of up to €6,000 for restoring native woodland
The removal on non-native trees and the removal of invasive species are among the measures which will be grant aided.
12 February 2024 Forestry
Getting Ireland's new forestry programme back on track
Without intervention, Ireland’s flagship forestry programme will struggle to deliver. Ray Ó Foghlú recently finished a Nuffield scholarship on barriers to woodland creation. He outlines what needs to change.
7 February 2024 Forestry
Opinion: forestry policy ' hostile to native woodland creation in uplands'
The role of trees in our uplands is either ignored or actively discouraged by current forestry policy, writes Ray Ó Foghlú.