Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ceisteanna (275)

Martin Kenny

Ceist:

275. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the acreage of land planted for forestry for the public and private sector by county; the species of trees in each of the years 2015 to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44291/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

The Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme is the main afforestation scheme, it is operated by my Department and is available to private land owners. The Scheme provides for a number of different grant and premium categories and within those categories, for the planting of a number of different species. It sits within the Forestry Programme 2014 to 2020, which takes into account the aims and objectives of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy; certain commitments are provided for, including a target of 30% broadleaf planting on an annual and national basis. As part of the mid-term review of the Programme I increased the broadleaf component in proposed sites to 15%, as well as increasing the rates payable to encourage broadleaf planting. These changes are already showing results, with broadleaf planting now at an average of 25%.

My Department compiles various statistics annually, which are made available on my Department’s website. Table 1 below shows the area planted under forestry by both the public and private sectors in the years 2015 to 2017.

Table 1:

Year

Private (ha)

Public (ha)

Total

2015

6,284

8.53*

6,293

2016

6,500

-

6,500

2017

5,536

-

5,536

* Planted in Co. Roscommon

Table 2 below shows the breakdown of private planting by county.

County

2015 (ha)

2016 (ha)

2017 (ha)

Carlow

82.35

45.72

62.37

Cavan

276.77

425.07

316.67

Clare

567.90

552.00

518.38

Cork

662.95

608.08

419.69

Donegal

72.09

36.15

54.13

Dublin

8.42

2.75

10.80

Galway

431.73

331.14

400.32

Kerry

430.38

404.98

377.66

Kildare

28.62

13.49

33.02

Kilkenny

264.41

181.34

89.55

Laois

198.24

163.35

98.57

Leitrim

512.90

433.78

536.22

Limerick

176.81

328.80

99.48

Longford

286.15

272.01

200.70

Louth

22.39

39.84

21.85

Mayo

454.99

428.55

531.78

Meath

73.34

104.73

122.04

Monaghan

37.92

88.83

61.38

Offaly

156.26

135.76

165.63

Roscommon

334.35

435.04

431.11

Sligo

268.13

301.73

189.96

Tipperary

340.77

305.14

161.65

Waterford

125.29

240.13

163.40

Westmeath

204.14

281.48

206.88

Wexford

128.17

89.29

114.36

Wicklow

138.81

250.62

148.15

Total

6,284.28

6,499.80

5,535.75

County

Sitka spruce

Pines

Norway spruce

Other Conifer

Total Conifer

Carlow

56.22

1.46

1.3

4.31

63.29

Cavan

205.26

2.5

2.37

9.47

219.6

Clare

448.43

0.63

0

12.41

461.47

Cork

486.14

14.83

9.46

4.93

515.36

Donegal

52.81

0.15

0

8.97

61.93

Dublin

6.91

0

0

0

6.91

Galway

255.18

4.42

45.3

11.86

316.76

Kerry

299.84

17.04

0

9.68

326.56

Kildare

3.01

0

20.84

0

23.85

Kilkenny

105.77

0.46

78.16

7.37

191.76

Laois

148.42

4.29

21.07

2.29

176.07

Leitrim

421.84

2.78

3.51

14

442.13

Limerick

141.54

0.96

0

9.96

152.46

Longford

146.27

1.83

44.94

4.8

197.84

Louth

2.98

1.3

0

0.37

4.65

Mayo

335.95

7.53

13.47

35.64

392.59

Meath

33.32

0.18

12.96

1.68

48.14

Monaghan

29.26

0.02

0

0.18

29.46

Offaly

13.9

1.39

111.89

0.1

127.28

Roscommon

253.26

1.08

22.99

5.63

282.96

Sligo

218.51

8.32

0

13.11

239.94

Tipperary

248.44

0.15

9.84

9.76

268.19

Waterford

83.8

9.78

0

5.6

99.18

Westmeath

40.34

7.78

106.65

5.24

160.01

Wexford

85.42

1.61

10.78

1.79

99.6

Wicklow

107.93

4.95

5.06

3.84

121.78

Totals

4,230.75

95.44

520.59

182.99

5,029.77

table cont.

County

Ash

Syc

Oaks

Beeches

Other B/L

Total B/L

Grand Total

Carlow

0

0.45

8.6

1.04

8.97

19.06

82.35

Cavan

0.27

0.95

22.21

0

33.74

57.17

276.77

Clare

0.91

0.52

10.28

0

94.72

106.43

567.9

Cork

0.16

0.4

72.94

0.32

73.77

147.59

662.95

Donegal

0

0.1

2.76

0.19

7.11

10.16

72.09

Dublin

0

0

0.47

0

1.04

1.51

8.42

Galway

0

16.58

18.08

4.92

75.39

114.97

431.73

Kerry

0.38

0

33.82

0

69.62

103.82

430.38

Kildare

0

0

2.31

0

2.46

4.77

28.62

Kilkenny

0

0

20.88

0

51.77

72.65

264.41

Laois

0

0

4.23

1.71

16.23

22.17

198.24

Leitrim

0

0

6.63

0

64.14

70.77

512.9

Limerick

0

0

12.68

0

11.67

24.35

176.81

Longford

2.28

5.6

38.07

0

42.36

88.31

286.15

Louth

0

0

6.72

0

11.02

17.74

22.39

Mayo

0

0.66

9.79

0

51.95

62.4

454.99

Meath

0

0

9.51

1.31

14.38

25.2

73.34

Monaghan

0

0

0.49

0

7.97

8.46

37.92

Offaly

0

1.66

10

0

17.32

28.98

156.26

Roscommon

0.41

1.57

21.8

0.25

35.89

59.92

342.88

Sligo

0

0

2.44

0

25.75

28.19

268.13

Tipperary

0

1.55

32

0.59

38.44

72.58

340.77

Waterford

0

0.48

9.37

0

16.26

26.11

125.29

Westmeath

0

1.8

11.11

0.59

30.63

44.13

204.14

Wexford

0

0

6.19

0.03

22.35

28.57

128.17

Wicklow

0

0

4.25

0

12.78

17.03

138.81

Totals

4.41

32.32

377.63

10.95

837.73

1,263.04

6,292.81