Minister Hackett announces the results of the recent Call for Proposals for Woodland Support Projects for 2021/2022

39 groups to avail of € 1.4 million funding

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Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett today announced the results of an Open Call by her Department for funding for Woodland Support Projects. The Call was aimed at promoting the multi-functional benefits of forestry from recreational, environmental, community and economic uses and will be funded by her Department over the next two years. Over 61 applications were received of which 39 individual projects have now been selected for funding.

The Minister said, “I am delighted to see such a broad range of inspiring projects  aimed at supporting woodlands and I am particularly pleased at both the spread of projects throughout country and at seven of those chosen highlighting the environmental benefits of woodland. This was a category I specifically added to this year’s Call and it is gratifying to see that it was so well responded too. Overall, I believe the response demonstrates that there is a huge interest in communicating the benefits of our woodlands, in enhancing our knowledge of sustainable woodland management and in progressing the development and use of timber products”

The projects will develop the knowledge base of farmers, woodland owners and the wider sector about the benefits of forestry, they will advance timber development, they will support native woodlands and agroforestry, and they will  engage the wider community with trees as a source of enjoyment, inspiration, and biodiversity.

Minister Hackett had originally allocated funding of €1 million to the Woodland Support Fund but on receipt of the proposals, she increased that figure considerably. Explaining the increase, she said “Given the response to this Open Call and in order to fund as many  projects as possible, I was more than pleased to increase the available budget to €1.4 million. I did not wish to see any worthy project left behind and really look forward to seeing them being rolled out and to what they can achieve.”

The projects selected will support woodlands through a variety of approaches. They include, for example, a series of forestry webinars; field workshops on Continuous Cover Forestry; promoting the use of home grown timber for construction; the sourcing and planting native trees in GAA club grounds nationwide; woodland open days; ecological restoration, and awareness raising through multi-media, targeted promotional/educational initiatives to develop the potential of agroforestry in Ireland and many others besides.

The Minister concluded “The publication of the EU forestry Strategy last week highlighted the diverse benefits which our woodlands can play and this open call aligns very much with that approach. I want to thank all those individuals and organisations for taking part and we look forward to working with the successful groups on the implementation of their projects over the next two years”.

The Call for Proposals for Woodland Support Projects covered four themes as follows:

  1. Support and highlight the environmental benefits of woodlands.
  2. Support and highlight the benefits of woodlands, focussing on farmers, and / or community engagement and /or general wellness.
  3. Support and highlight productive forestry and timber products, in the context of climate action and the bioeconomy.
  4. Support and highlight sustainable forest management among forest owners (targeted at organisations already active in this area with established programmes in operation).

Details of the successful proposals approved under Call are set out in the table below.

Name of Group Name of Project Location Total Budget
Agricultural Consultants Association (ACA) ACA Forester and Agri Consultant/Advisor Peer to Peer Communication Campaign Nationwide €53,467
An Dulra Co-op Ltd Bees on Our Native Woodland Roscommon €1,500
Biodiversity Partners Forest Connections Kerry €53,240
CELT (Centre for Environmental Living & Training) The Benefits of Native Trees for Farms, Communities and Nature Nationwide €16,875
Coillte Nature (Division of Coillte) ‘Trees on the Move’ mobile woodland-awareness event space Nationwide €53,628
Commercial Forestry Services Ltd Pilot project to facilitate group certification of private forests in Ireland Nationwide €15,570
Crann – Trees for Ireland “Promoting the multifunctional benefits of forestry” Nationwide €58,125
Crann – Trees for Ireland Easy Treesie – Crann, Trees for Ireland Community Woodland Project Nationwide €40,000
Environmental Education Unit -An Taisce Investigate Woodlands Nationwide €64,875
Farm TV Farm TV Production of Audio Visual Content for Forestry Promotion Nationwide €11,220
Farm TV Farm TV Forestry Educational Campaign Nationwide €56,227
Forest Industries Ire Project Home Grown Homes Nationwide €40,000
Forest Industries Ire Project Woodspec Nationwide €83,800
FORESTRY.IE /ITGA with the support of the Irish Farmers Journal Joint FORESTRY.IE – ITGA initiative with the support of the Irish Farmers Journal to provide Forestry Webinars for Farmers, Woodland Owners and the wider sector. Nationwide €19,440
GAA GAA Green Club Native Tree Planting & Promotion Nationwide €50,000
Green Skibbereen CLG Myross Wood Meitheal Cork €28,150
Hometree Charity Ltd. Woodland Creation/Education Project Clare €67,800
Irish Agroforestry Forum (IAF) Supporting Agroforestry on the Island of Ireland through Collaborative Promotional and Educational Approaches Nationwide €70,544
Irish Forest Owners Forestry Solutions Nationwide €19,300
Irish Forest Owners Afforestation Makes Sense Nationwide €36,000
Irish Timber Growers Association 4-part Proposal for ITGA Information Projects to Promote Sustainable Forest Management and Market and Non-Market Public Benefits of Forestry Nationwide €65,150
Irish Timber Growers Association (ITGA) in association with the Irish Forestry Unit Trust (IForUT) Joint ITGA – IForUT initiative to establish Demonstration/Exhibition Woodland Walks Offaly €11,460
KCLR 96FM From Seed to Sawdust Kilkenny/Carlow €29,980
Magner Communications Why Forests? Why Wood? Nationwide €9,800
Pocket Forests Pocket Forests Community Forest Packs Nationwide €45,800
Pro Silva Ireland Continuous Cover Forestry field workshops Nationwide €19,680
Pro Silva Ireland Continuous Cover Forestry education/awareness videos Nationwide €27,060
Pro Silva Ireland Public events to promote and educate on sustainable production forestry Nationwide €18,204
Ray Ó Foghlu Multifunctional Farm Forests – Profiles Nationwide €49,322
RDS Irish Forest and Woodland Awards 2021 and 2022 Nationwide €52,000
Rotary Club of Wicklow Seamus Heaney Walk – Woodland Seat design Wicklow €3,000
Society of Irish Foresters National Forestry Conference 2021 Nationwide €6,400
Sustainable Projects Ireland CLG Cloughjordan Ecovillage Woodland Wildlife Pond Tipperary €3,060
The Acorn Project The Acorn Project : Home and Habitat Kilkenny €30,196
The North East Forestry Group Woodland to Workshop – Marketing  private forest owners timber locally Meath/Louth/Cavan/Monaghan €30,991
The Organic Centre Coillearnach Education Centre Leitrim €16,175
Western Forestry Co-operative Society Limited Woodland Festival – Come See the Wood from the Trees Leitrim €64,380
Western Forestry Co-operative Society Limited Native Woodland Pk Open Days Sligo €15,950
Woodlands of Ireland Woodlands of Ireland Project Nationwide €87,559
Total €1.425m