Agroforestry is a land use system in which trees are grown in combination with agriculture on the same land.
The system gives land owners the flexibility to graze and even cut silage and hay while growing trees for timber in the same field.
With agroforestry it is possible to grow quality timber with little or no impact on existing agricultural production.
This system is ideally suited to farmers who are interested in forestry but who also want to avoid taking their land out of agricultural production.
- Tree stocking of 400 to 1000 trees per hectare.
- The system gives land owners the flexibility to graze, cut silage / hay or sow tillage while growing trees for timber in the same field.
- Agroforestry can prevent nutrient runoff and reduce sedimentation of nearby water courses.
- Establishment and maintenance Grant of up to €6,220 per hectare.
- Agroforestry will extend the grazing season while improving land drainage.
- Enhanced animal welfare, shelter and increased nutrient/mineral availability from leaf litter.
- Improved biodiversity and habitats.
- Agroforestry can enhance the landscape.
- Agroforestry is also eligible for the Department’s Woodland improvement Scheme grants for thinning, tending and pruning.
- There is potential to produce veneer quality timber.
- Forestry premium of €645 per hectare for 5 years.