DAERA forestry grants

Almost all woodlands in Northern Ireland are planted with some form of grant assistance. The Forest Service encourages the creation of new woodlands and the management of existing woodlands by providing grant aid towards the cost of the work.

Forestry Grant Schemes 2014 - 2020

Forest Expansion Scheme

Forest for Our Future – Forest Expansion Scheme reopens


The next stage of the Forests for our Future programme to plant 9,000 hectares of new woodland to help our environment and economy has been launched with the Forest Expansion Scheme reopening on 8 June 2020. This scheme aims to encourage and help landowners plant their own woodland during the 2020/21 planting season and successful applicants will receive up to 100% of eligible establishment costs and annual premia for a 10-year period.

The Forest Expansion Scheme for new woodland planting of 3 hectares and larger for the next planting season (2020/21) opened on 8 June 2020 and applications for the Scheme must be submitted to Forest Service by noon on Friday 28 August 2020.

Forest Protection Scheme - Chalara Ash Dieback

Woodland Investment Grant


Legacy schemes (closed to new applicants)

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