Northern Eire Agriculture, Atmosphere and Rural Affairs Minister, Edwin Poots, has introduced the subsequent stage of the ‘Forests for Our Future’ programme by opening the Forest Growth and Small Woodland Grant schemes.

The goal of the schemes is to encourage and assist landowners plant their very own woodlands.

The schemes can assist all forms of sustainable woodland, with the Small Woodland Grant Scheme being designed as a easy on-line scheme for brand spanking new native woodlands of 0.2ha and bigger.

The Forest Growth Scheme helps native woodland, combined woodland or industrial conifer woodland that may greatest meet land house owners’ enterprise wants while contributing to a dwelling, working, lively panorama.

Profitable candidates to the schemes will obtain as much as 100% of eligible institution prices and annual premium funds for a 10-year interval.

Minister Poots mentioned: “I’m delighted to announce the reopening of the Forest Growth Scheme and Small Woodland Grant Scheme for 2022 on June 15.

“These schemes are designed to draw and assist farmers and different landowners to plant new woodland to enrich their land administration exercise and add to our helpful woodland belongings.

“I’m happy that within the final 12 months land house owners planted 525ha of latest woodland underneath forestry grant schemes assist.

“That is an encouraging response on our journey to extend the extent of afforestation wanted to succeed in the targets set out within the difficult Forests for Our Future programme.

“The reopening of our forestry grant schemes will allow non-public land house owners and public sector organisations to deliver ahead new woodland creation initiatives for the forthcoming planting season.”

Landowners who want to plant this winter are reminded that each one functions to the Forest Growth Scheme have to be submitted to Forest Service by August 31, 2022.

All functions to the Small Woodland Grant Scheme have to be made utilizing the web system earlier than August 31, 2022.