Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (704, 706)

Holly Cairns

Question:

704. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of felling, afforestation and forest road licences issued monthly between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2020, inclusive, in tabular form. [2667/21]

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Holly Cairns

Question:

706. Deputy Holly Cairns asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the details of tree planting rates and numbers conducted through afforestation by licence under the Forestry Act 2014, in tabular form. [2669/21]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 704 and 706 together.

My Department publishes forestry statistics on its website, which include licences issued; hectares planted and whether they were broadleaf or conifers. My Department does not publish information on the number of trees planted. However, at establishment, the stocking density is normally 2,500 trees per hectare for conifers and 3,300 trees per hectare for broadleaves.

Afforestation

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

January

151

122

160

84

63

41

February

151

124

99

104

78

58

March

183

158

154

109

69

56

April

169

182

170

120

87

69

May

152

135

140

67

57

33

June

126

86

106

47

32

22

July

92

68

51

31

30

26

August

104

85

54

35

60

30

September

114

107

55

71

22

30

October

152

113

64

78

42

48

November

223

176

101

55

26

61

December

134

110

89

54

22

52*

Felling

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

January

271

235

232

232

513

81

February

222

274

152

106

1079

177

March

108

185

163

203

664

180

April

99

114

111

130

568

127

May

124

234

174

212

124

149

June

83

177

53

149

272

85

July

106

206

442

83

356

101

August

72

275

404

704

124

121

September

234

497

536

738

156

90

October

788

324

163

579

73

230

November

232

2927

356

386

134

185

December

179

1283

217

81

117

182*

Road

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

January

54

47

48

35

101

19

February

22

27

37

31

59

32

March

29

36

29

28

39

40

April

26

24

37

21

51

38

May

31

39

31

36

48

37

June

22

41

44

37

47

24

July

43

50

38

26

48

27

August

53

80

43

60

46

26

September

49

62

35

38

25

21

October

37

48

41

62

24

24

November

50

43

64

53

22

32

December

59

32

33

34

32

29*

*December 2020 figures are provisional

Hectares Planted FP 2014-2020

Hectares

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Broadleaf

1,263.04

1,270.30

1,161.14

1,069.63

893.17

818.53

Conifer

5,029.77

5,229.50

4,374.61

2,955.85

2,656.72

1,615.79

Total

6,292.81

6,499.80

5,535.75

4,025.48

3,549.89

2,434.32

Question No. 705 answered with Question No. 682.
Question No. 706 answered with Question No. 704.