Before the commencement of any thinning/harvesting operations can take place on your plantation, it is necessary to construct a harvesting road to extract timber. A well constructed forest road will add value to your forestry plantation and reduce maintenance costs in the long term.
A Forest road application can only be made on your behalf if:
Cost & Grants
The grant aid for a Forest road from the forest service is up to 25 metres per ha at a rate of €40 per linear metre. Special construction works may be funded on environmentally sensitive sites up to a maximum of €5,000 per application or 50% of costs, whichever is the lower.
As part of the Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2011 (Section 17) stipulates that the creation of an access from forest road to a public road must be approved by the relevant Planning Authority. Application under the Forest Road Scheme must be accompanied by:
Axe Forestry will apply for planning permission on your behalf. We do this as part of the overall package where we assess and measure your timber quantity and quality and agree a lump sum price, which will be paid to you for the timber log that comes from your thinning. We then apply to the forest service for a Felling License, Forest road grant approval and we also apply to the local County Council for planning permission.
There is no cash outlay by you the forest owner. We take care of the whole process.