Ireland - changes in agricultural policy and their impact on private forestry.

  • Michael Bulfin Principal Research Officer, Forestry Research at Teagasc, Kinsealy.
Keywords: Farm forestry, private forestry, agricultural policy, CAP, land prices, land acquisition, forestry grants, wood processing, afforestation.


The reform of the Common Agricultural Policy has introduced a number of possibly conflicting schemes in the area of land use. Many of these schemes impinge on the forestry programme. All land that goes to forestry is dependent on the decisions of individual farmers to sell or to plant themselves. The level of farmer forestry, indeed, the whole level of new afforestation may be controlled by the interaction of these schemes. Coillte will continue to plant new land probably of better quality than that of the Forest Service in the past. The investment companies are not likely to be major players in new afforestation unless there is a change in investor type. There is an increasing tendency for farmers to plant their own land. If farmer forestry is to become a major component in the afforestation drive then the level of grants and other supports must be competitive - or somewhat more attractive - than those which allow a farmer to remain in agriculture.
How to Cite
Bulfin, M. (1994) “Ireland - changes in agricultural policy and their impact on private forestry.”, Irish Forestry. Available at: (Accessed: 20April2024).