Information Day on Grant Aid to develop ‘close-to-home’ Woodland Amenity Projects

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Please find below an Invitation to an Information Day about the NeighbourWood Scheme hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

85% grant aid to develop ‘close-to-home’ woodland amenity projects for local communities

Dear Sir/Madam

I am writing to inform you of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine’s NeighbourWood Scheme.  This is a funding package aimed specifically at supporting communities, local authorities and other social partners in the development of local woodland amenities.   The Department, through the NeighbourWood Scheme, provides grant aid of up to 85% of the cost of various developments, including:

  • the installation of features such as walking trails, nature boards, picnic tables and parking,
  • the enhancement of the existing woodland, for example, through the removal of invasive species and planting within cleared spaces,
  • the creation of new woodland, through the planting of fast-growing native trees.

The scheme has funded a diverse range of projects since its launch, delivering ‘close-to-home’ woodland for local communities and schools to use and enjoy on a daily basis.  If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities available under this scheme, the Department is hosting an information day at a recently completed NeighbourWood,

Balla Community Centre, Balla, Co Mayo, Thursday 27th September commencing at 10am and concluding at 2pm  and will include a visit to Balla Town Park Community Woodlands.  Refreshments on arrival and a light lunch will be provided at the community centre.

Please RSVP by return e mail to Christine.Smith@agriculture.gov.ie if you wish to attend by Monday 24th September.

Meanwhile further information on NeighbourWoods can be found at https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/media/migration/forestry/grantandpremiumschemes/2016/Neighbourwood220816.pdf

Yours sincerely


Christine Smith

Forestry Division

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Christine Smith

Higher Executive Officer, Forestry Division


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Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine


Eastát Chaisleán Bhaile Sheáin, Co. Loch Garman,Y35 PN52

Johnstown Castle Estate, Co. Wexford , Y35 PN52

T +353 (0) 53 9163435



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