Native Woodland Afforestation

Ecoplan Forestry specialise in Native Woodland Afforestation. We suit ‘species to site’ and will advise on how best to achieve your vision. Forest Service Afforestation grants are designed to generally cover all establishment costs, except in exceptional circumstances. Also, native woodland afforestations provide the highest level of premium available, and an annual premium is payable on planted land for a period of 15 years.

An Afforestation Licence is required for all afforestation projects where the area involved is greater than 0.10 hectares (approximately 0.25 acres). Grant rates vary depending on the type of woodland planted, and this is generally linked to site type – drainage, elevation, and exposure in particular. Grants of up to €6,220 are available for the establishment (including fencing) and maintenance of plantations. However, all native woodland establishment receives a premium of €635 per hecatre per year, for 15 years.

Ecoplan Forestry will visit your proposed planting site, assess its suitability and eligibility, and provide you with a document explaining your options. There is no obligation to proceed with planting. Applications can be designed and tailored to suit most conditions or situations.

If you are unsure of your sites potential, if it is in a designated area (SAC, SPA, NHA, pNHA), or if it has been refused before, your best option is to get professional advice from the specialists in this area, and know for sure.

So for more information, and to be certain of your options, please go to the Contacts page.

If you already have an existing Native Woodland, it may be eligible for the Native Woodland Conservation Scheme. Please see our page for more information on Native Woodland Management

Ecoplan Forestry specialises in Native Woodlands – Native Woodland Management, Establishment, and Consultancy. For more information, please contact us.


Native Woodland Afforestation

Native Woodland Afforestation


See our  Forest Management Services  page for what else Ecoplan can do for you.

And visit About Us to learn more about Ecoplan Forestry


The Forestry Licence Viewer is an online tool that provides information on forestry licence applications. The Viewer allows the user to search by application reference number; select an application from the recent applications list; or, to simply zoom in on a site.

Submissions received on forestry licence applications will be uploaded to the viewer as they are received and processed. Documentation will be made available for applications received from 11th January, 2021, when they are opened for public consultation.

An additional tab will become available when a site is selected, where the user will be presented with the available documents, which can be opened to read. Further documents will appear when the application is decided, which is when the full suite of assessment and other documents become available.

You can use the Departments free Forestry Licence Viewer tool Here


You can read all about the Schemes small print on the Department of Agriculture / Forest Service Website

Contact Details

Ecoplan Forestry Limited
18 Cluain Rhaine,
Co. Offaly


 087 930 2922

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