DAFM releases Info on Planning Requirements for Ash Dieback Replanting Scheme

DAFM regularly releases 'updates' or Scheme Circulars for the forestry sector. These updates can be found in Forestry Grants and Premium Schemes 2014 - 2021 Circulars.

The most recent update to the Ash Dieback Replanting Scheme is 'Circular 05 of 2021 Ash Dieback and Planning Permission' which outlines a clarification from DAFM on the recently announced planning permission requirements.


Minister Hackett launches new book 'Wood as a Fuel'

The Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, with responsibility for forestry, Senator Pippa Hackett, today launched a new publication called 'Wood as a Fuel'.

Wood as a Fuel by Pieter D. Kofman and Eugene Hendrick is a wide ranging, comprehensive publication covering all aspects of woodfuels, based on the latest information and evidence. Its five volumes describe the main woodfuels which are firewood, woodchip and wood pellets. Detailed information on raw material sources, seasoning, drying and production processes, transportation and quality issues are described for each of the fuels. Many examples of ways to improve product quality and efficiency are provided, designed to enable readers to produce and use high quality woodfuels.

Click HERE for full press release

This 'Wood as a Fuel' publication is also available through our Books section.


Bee Health on World Bee Day

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett visited the DAFM Bee Health laboratory today at the Backweston Campus in Co Kildare as part of the celebrations of World Bee Day today 20 May 2021. The Department provides a bee health service, free of charge, facilitating the early detection of pests and pathogens which is key to maintaining healthy stock of bees in Ireland.

DAFM’s Bee Health service also operates the Sentinel Apiary Programme along with volunteer beekeepers throughout Ireland. The aim of the programme is to ensure the early detection of three exotic pests, Small Hive beetle (SHB), Tropilaelaps spp. and the Asian Hornet.

For more information on Beekeeping and fact sheets on the Small Hive beetle Tropilaelaps spp. and the Asian Hornet, see 'Beekeeping and Honey'.

For information on the All Ireland Pollinator Plan, see https://pollinators.ie/


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