Please note: The information provided below is a limited selection of the information available relating to this scheme. You can find more information on this scheme on the main Department website here.

This Scheme encourages farmers to combine the establishment of high nature-value woodland with their participation in the Rural Environment Protection Scheme (REPS).  The establishment of such woodland, which is designed to maximise its environmental contribution will attract an annual premium that for a period of 5 years, exceeds the corresponding premium available under the Afforestation Scheme.

The Scheme provides an opportunity to create woodlands that can contribute more to landscape character, biodiversity enhancement, the retention of local habitats, promotion of native species as well as further protection of water resources and our archaeological heritage.  It also supports the quality of rural life by providing employment and amenities and ensures a sustainable supply of timber.  Forestry makes an important contribution to combating climate change.

Further information on this scheme, eligibility and where to obtain application forms is available on our main website here or by contacting:

Forest Service,
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine,
Johnstown Castle Estate,
Co. Wexford.
LoCall: 1890 200 223
Email: info@agriculture.gov.ie