Saturday August 8, 2020

Millions of trees culled as state stalls on forestry plans

Forestry and construction sectors call for fast-track licensing of planting and felling to ease costly bottleneck

2nd August, 2020
Worth €2.3 billion to the economy and employing 12,000 people, the forestry sector relies on licences issued by the Department of Agriculture for trees to be planted and felled

More than five million trees, half of them oak, have been destroyed in the past three years by the country’s largest private nursery due to lengthy delays in the granting of planting and felling licences by the Department of Agriculture.

“It is incredibly grim. We will be destroying another 500,000 oak trees in two weeks,” Teige Ryan, director of None So Hardy Nursery in Co Wicklow, said.

The nursery supplies over 90...

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