Planting a Grove of Native Trees
Under the GLAS scheme up to 450 native trees can be planted and will qualify for a payment of €0.90 per plant per year for 5 years.
Full details are available in the GLAS specification (PDF) but are included below for your convenience.
Requirements from GLAS specification
- Establish a grove of native trees in a single location only, i.e. you cannot plant the trees in a number of locations in a LPIS parcel or field.
- Minimum area of 0.05 ha with 250 plants and maximum area of 0.09 ha with 450 plants. The plants must be a minimum of 40cm tall when planted.
- Identify the location on the LPIS parcel selected and mark on the map submitted.
- Plant in the first dormant season after you receive written approval into GLAS and in any event before the 31 March 2017.
- Use native tree species only, as listed in Appendix 4. (see below)
- Use plants that are derived from suitable seed sources from within Ireland which are regarded as being indigenous in nature.
- A minimum of 2 native species 4 should be planted.
- Consider the physical conditions of each site, e.g. soil type, drainage, exposure, etc., and choose species that will succeed in such sites.
- Planting cannot take place within the vicinity of overhead wires, within 20m of railway line(s) or within 60m of a dwelling house(s), or within 5 m of a watercourse.
- Trees must be planted in rows 2 metres apart with a distance of 1 metre between the plants within the rows.
- Replace failed or dead trees during the next dormant season.
- Trees must be protected from livestock and fenced off from t he time of planting until the end of the contract.
- Grass and other competing vegetation must be controlled around the trees, until they have become established.