Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Ceisteanna (181)

David Cullinane

Ceist:

181. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of Sitka spruce trees planted in each of the years 2007 to 2018, inclusive, by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42318/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

My Department makes available on its website a substantial number of forestry-related statistics, which are updated monthly or annually as required. 

The number of hectares of conifers planted in the years requested is provided in the table at the link.  Generally, a count of trees planted is not made, but an average of 2,500 stems per hectare is standard for conifers.  This allows for failures, etc.  Proper management of the site ensures that trees are thinned at regular intervals throughout the rotation, before final harvesting.

Spruce Trees Planted