The Native Woodland Schemes are schemes which aim to establish, promote and protect Irish native woodlands with a focus on maximising the biodiversity value of the site. These schemes provide funding for establishment of native woodlands on green field sites as well as conserving pre-existing native woodlands, both being done with minimal disturbance and long term close to nature management techniques.
Source: SWS Forestry 2021.
Native woodlands are greatly important assets in our national forest inventory as they are home to many of our own native flora and fauna. They enhance our landscape, protect and enhance water quality and provide us with wood and non-wood products. They may be utilised on environmentally sensitive areas and they play a key role within Ireland’s national forest policy.