Over €3m paid out to date under ash dieback reconstitution scheme
Over €3m has been paid out since 2013 under the Reconstitution Scheme for ash dieback, figures from the Department of Agriculture show.
The scheme for Chalara (ash dieback) was introduced in March 2013, to restore forests planted under the Afforestation Scheme which have suffered from or which were associated with plants affected by the disease.
To the end of 2016, 830ha had been cleared of infected and associated ash plantations, with a total of €1.23m paid for site clearance and a further €257,000 was paid in 2016 for first grants, which is for the replanting of some 93ha, figures show.
Applications for the scheme continue to be processed as more recently affected plantations are identified.
It may simply be that the area has been cleared, for example in June, but not replanted until sometime in the next planting season, November to April/May.
Also in administering the scheme, documents, site inspections, etc. may not have been completed, delaying the registration of an area that has been replanted, the Department said.
Ash dieback confirmed in several agri-environment scheme plantings
As of September 30, 2016, there has been three confirmed findings of ash dieback in farm landscaping / agri-environment scheme plantings, the latest data from the Department of Agriculture shows.
Findings of the disease ash dieback, a disease of ash trees caused by a fungus, have been confirmed in a further 140 forestry plantations.
This brings the current total for forestry plantations to 255.
These findings increased the distribution of findings in forestry plantations from 19 to 21 counties.
There were also notable increases in findings in forestry plantations in a number of counties where the disease had previously been detected, particularly counties Clare, Cork, Galway, Laois, Kilkenny, Mayo, Meath, Tipperary, Wexford, and Wicklow.
In the same period there were two new confirmed findings in commercial nurseries and two re-occurrences of the disease in two other nurseries.