Forestry Planting

Forestry Planting

Irelands vibrant forestry sector is playing an increasingly important economic, environmental and social role in our farming and rural communities.

Ireland has the best climate in Europe for growing trees, but we need to plant more trees to meet an increasing demand for timber (Harvesting Information) from our dynamic processing and renewable energy sectors.

The advantages of Forestry:

  • Annual tax-free premium for 15yrs
  • Full establishment grant – costs you nothing
  • Retain full single farm payment entitlements
  • Retain 100% ownership of land & trees
  • Tax free income on timber sales
  • Tax efficient for inheritance tax
  • Tax efficient for capital gains tax
  • Timber is a secure pension plan
  • Beneficial to the environment through carbon storage which lowers our carbon footprint


To encourage the planting of more forests, a range of planting schemes with attractive afforestation grants & annual premiums are now available to landowners. Forest establishment is 100% funded by the Department of Agriculture, Forest Service in Ireland and the afforestation grant supports the cost of planting and maintaining the forest including Axe Forestry Ltd services for the first 4 years ensuring that there is no cost to the landowner.

The introduction of the new forestry scheme has seen the removal of farmer and non-farmer rates, with a uniform premium for every landowner for 15 years tax-free. On top of that, they retain their ownership on a forest that is increasing in value annually. You will also retain your Single Farm Payment. This provides additional, secure and regular income for landowners, particularly on marginal land.


Premium Scheme


GPC Annual Premium Rate <10ha Annual Premium Rate >10ha Premium Duration (years)
GPC 1 – Unenclosed €185 €190 15
GPC 2 – Sitka Spruce / Lodgepole pine €440 €450 15
GPC 3 – 10% Diverse Conifer e.g.  Sitka Spruce and 10% broadleaves €510 €520 15
GPC 4 – Diverse Conifer e.g., Scots pine, Douglas Fir €590 €600 15
GPC 5 – Broadleaf e.g. sycamore €605 €620 15
GPC 6 – Oak €645 €660 15
GPC 7 - Beech €645 €660 15
GPC 8 – Alder and Birch €605 €620 15
GPC 9 – Native Woodland Establishment (oak-birch-holly-hazel) €665 €680 15
GPC 10 – Native Woodland Establishment (alder-oak-woodland) €665 €680 15
GPC 11 – Agro-forestry €645 €660 5
GPC 12 – Forestry-for-Fibre €510 €520 15


Planting your land is a big decision, and to ensure you get professional advice and a FREE site assessment, contact a member of our team today on 090 66 30536, (087)3814886, or email


Forestry establishment is completely covered by a full state backed grant as Ireland, with one of the lowest percentages of forestry cover in Europe, needs to increase its coverage from its current 11% to 18%.