Mackinnon Report

 Review of Approval Processes for Afforestation in Ireland (November 2019)


Coillte - 

Forest Service, DAFM

Forest Service -

Forest Service - Forest Management Tools


    Felling and Reforestation Policy (DAFM, May 2017) - Avaialable for Download in the Tree Felling Licences Section




Interim Standard for Felling and Reforestation

    Interim Standard for Felling & Reforestation (DAFM, 2019)




Environmental Guidelines for Afforestation

    Environmental Requirements for Afforestation (DAFM, December 2016)




    DAFM Suite of Environmental Guidelines (DAFM, 2000)  - Now available on the GOV.IE website

    Publications, now available for downloading from the GOV.IE website include:

  • Forest Biodiversity Guidelines
  • Forest Protection Guidelines
  • Forestry and Kerry Slug Guidelines
  • Forestry and Otter Guidelines
  • Forests and Water
  • Forestry and the Landscape Guidelines
  • Forest Recreation in Ireland - A Guide for Forest Owners and Managers
  • Native Woodland Establishment GPC9 and GPC10
  • Woodland for Water
  • Aerial Fertilisation Requirements (June 2015)
  • Forestry and Water Quality Guidelines
  • Forestry and Archaeology Guidelines
  • Forest Harvesting and Environmental Guidelines
  • Forestry and Freshwater Pearl Mussel Requirements, (DAFM, 2008)
  • Land Types for Afforestation
  • Environmental Requirements for Afforestation
  • DRAFT Plan for Forests & Freshwater Pearl Mussel in Ireland

    Links to DAFM Environmental Guidelines, including the above, on the New GOV.IE website

COFORD Forest Policy Review Group Report on 'Forests, products and people'

    COFORD Forest Policy Review Group Report on 'Forests, products and people - Ireland’s forest policy – a renewed vision (2014) - A Report on Policy Implementation with Recommendations (COFORD, 2018)




RUS (Ash Dieback)

    Reconstitution and Underplanting Scheme (Ash Dieback) (DAFM, 2020)

     See also



 Current Forestry Grant Schemes  - Forestry Grant Schemes

- Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme 2014-2020

Information on Change of Ownership for Grant aided plantations  -

National Forest Inventory

The purpose of the National Forest Inventory (NFI) is to record and assess the extent and nature of Ireland’s forests, both public and private, in a timely, accurate and reproducible manner. Reliable, current and consistent information is required to inform domestic forest policy, to support forest research and fulfil national and international reporting commitments.

For more information, see National Forest Inventory, DAFM

Pesticides Regulation and Control Division, DAFM

Pesticides Regulation and Control Division -

- Guidance Notes on Integrated Pest Management For Use On Irish Farms (PDF)

- National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides

Plant Health

- Plant Health & Trade

- Plant Health Legislation

- Plant Health Trader Notices


Teagasc Forestry Development Unit -

- Overview of forestry grant rates

Forest Sector Statistics

Annual Forest Sector Statistics
An annual report has been published on the web that brings together previously published and new statistics on the forest sector in a single publication. The plan is to update the document annually to reflect changes in the forest sector, such as new afforestation.
Ireland's Forests - Annual Statistics - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and also see Forest Statistics and Mapping

See also our Miscellaneous Industry Statistics page.


Forestry Act 2014  -

Forestry & the Law (DAFM) - Forest Service, DAFM

Legal requirements for forestry - Teagasc

Health and Safety Authority (HSA)

Health and Safety Authority -

Health and Safety Authority - Irish Forestry Safety Guides (IFSG)  A suite of Safety Guides modified for Irish use by kind permission of FISA, including:

Health and Safety Authority -  Health & Safety Forestry Information Sheet

Health and Safety Authority -  Safe Load Securing of Round Timber Information Sheet
See also Safe Load Securing of Round Timber Poster (Forest Industry Transport Group)

Timber Transport Good Practice Guides

RoundTimberTransport  Forest Industry Transport Group -   Round Timber Transport - Guidelines for Hauliers and Drivers (July 2017)




Road Haulage Code of Practice  Forest Industry Transport Group -   Road Haulage Code of Practice (2017)





Forest Industry Transport Group -  Safe Load Securing of Round Timber Poster


LoadingTimberfromRoadside Timber Transport Forum -   Loading Timber From Roadside - Good Practice 2016




Forest Industries Ireland (FII - formerly IFFPA)

Forest Industries Ireland (FII) -

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