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Public consultation survey on New Forest Strategy

Public consultation survey on New Forest Strategy

Date: 17 Mar 2022

Shared National Vision for the role of trees and forests in Ireland’s future

Trees are a vital part of Ireland’s natural heritage. Ireland needs more of them, with the right trees  planted in the right place for the right reason. For a variety of historical reasons, Ireland has one  of the lowest levels of forest cover in the European Union. Paradoxically, this means that Ireland  has a special opportunity to improve its natural heritage, by investing in afforestation in a way  that is sensitive to its landscape and environment, and that allows citizens to benefit from the  unique range of public and private goods offered by it. 

The Department of Agrictulture, Food and the Marine would like to hear your informed opinions and views on what you see as the role of trees and forests of all shapes and sizes in Ireland’s future. Your input is a crucially important contribution  to realising a shared national vision for trees and forests in Ireland’s future and a new Forest  Strategy to implement this Vision.


The management and creation of new forests, well planned and executed, can make a significant contribution to Ireland’s climate change mitigation efforts, can enhance biodiversity, improve  water quality, provide shade and shelter for farmed animals and amenity opportunities for  citizens. Harvested wood products are also essential for climate mitigation. Together they also  support economic development and employment creation in rural areas and provide alternatives  for fossil fuel-based materials in construction and energy generation. To maximise this  opportunity, Ireland needs a coherent and broadly accepted Vision and Strategy for the  development of its forest sector

Supporting documents are available on the department's website that sets out the proposed Vision and a summary of the guiding principles around the right trees in the right places for the right reasons, with the right management that we think can  help shape the future of trees and forests in Ireland. 

An online consultation questionnairecan be accessed at the following link:

The questionnaire will be open for completion until Wednesday 27th April