The Minister for Agriculture, Dara Calleary and Minister of State with responsibility for Forestry Senator Pippa Hackett, today launched a new scheme to fund the creation of new native woodland on public lands. The scheme will cover the cost of establishing such forests on suitable land in public ownership.

Minister Calleary says public bodies that engage in this new initiative will be making a strong statement to their customers, industry partners and to the public in general, that they are contributing in a meaningful way to meeting environmental targets.

The scheme was approved by Government the end of last month and will commence with a landbank analysis by all public bodies to assess whether they have land suitable for planting.

Minister Hackett said “Native woodlands are an important part of Ireland’s natural heritage, history and culture, and are unique in terms of their biodiversity and habitat creation. 

Iarnród Éireann have stepped forward as the first public body to express an interest in the scheme.

 

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