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Forestry can still offer strong source of profit in spite of rising pressures

One of the most far-reaching, and damaging ideas in the Government's proposed Forestry Programme 2014-2020 is the reduction in the forest premium period from 20 to just 12 years.

While the stated aim is to encourage landowners to plant in order to achieve 18pc forest cover by 2046, this measure sends out a signal to many that forestry is not an attractive option.


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