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:
- Support and highlight the environmental benefits of woodlands.
- Support and highlight the benefits of woodlands, focussing on farmers, and / or community engagement and /or general wellness.
- Support and highlight productive forestry and timber products, in the context of climate action and the bioeconomy.
- 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|