About Coillte

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Firewood

  • Can I buy a load of firewood from Coillte?

    Coillte sell firewood depending on availability. The minimum amount is a lorry load, approx. 30m3 (25-27 tonnes). It is unseasoned and the destination must be suitable for turning lorries. Price is dependent on species, but on average a load of conifers will cost €1,400 and a load of hardwoods will cost €2,300.

    If you are interested in proceeding with a purchase of firewood, please e-mail info@coillte.ie and we’ll revert directly to you.

Collecting wood from Coillte forests

  • I see a lot of wood lying around after trees have been cut, can I go in and collect these trees from the forest?

    Coillte do not permit the collection of wood from our forests. For health and safety, insurance and security reasons members of the public, or any unauthorised person is not permitted to gather or cut wood in Coillte forests.

  • I would like to collect some offcuts from my local forest, is this permitted?

    Coillte do not permit the collection of wood from our forests. For health and safety, insurance and security reasons members of the public, or any unauthorised person is not permitted to gather or cut wood in Coillte forests.

    Coillte do sell firewood depending on availability. The minimum amount is a lorry load, approx. 30m3 (25-27 tonnes). It is unseasoned and the destination must be suitable for turning lorries. Price is dependent on species, but on average a load of conifers will cost €1,400 and a load of hardwoods will cost €2,300. Please email If you are interested in proceeding with a purchase of firewood, please e-mail info@coillte.ie for further details. 

Recreation

  • I would like to speak to someone in Coillte about an idea I have in relation to a recreation business proposal.

    Coillte receive many proposals from individual/groups and outdoor recreation providers each year and require that these proposals are presented in written format including detail of the proposal, resourcing, management, maintenance (if appropriate) and experience of the individual/group/outdoor provider in the relevant area. The more detail provided at an initial stage, the better placed we will be to assess the proposal.

    We are not in a position to discuss ideas without this information. Please email your proposal to info@coillte.ie

  • I am very annoyed at people who allow their dogs to run uncontrolled while I am out walking/cycling?

    We ask people to keep their dogs on lead at all times in forest parks, both through clear signage and by approaching dog owners when we see dogs off-lead.  A restricted or controlled breed of dog under the relevant Acts must be kept on a lead and muzzled when in a public place. We notify the local Gardaí of incidents where reports of non-compliance occur and it would be helpful if members of the public would also do likewise.

  • I was out walking with my dog during the week when we were attacked by another dog who was not on a lead?

    We ask people to keep their dogs on lead at all times in forest parks, both through clear signage and by approaching dog owners when we see dogs off-lead. We see that many dog owners are responsible and take cognisance of their impacts on others, but there are some who choose to ignore posted signs and directions in this regard. We try to inform them where possible of their negative impacts on other users.

    A restricted or controlled breed of dog under the relevant Acts must be kept on a lead and muzzled when in a public place. We notify the local Gardaí of incidents where reports of non-compliance occur and it would be helpful if members of the public would also do likewise.

  • Why does Coillte charge for car parking at its forest parks?

    At most of our forest parks, Coillte provide family cycle trails, numerous looped walks, children’s playgrounds, toilets.  The parking charges go towards the maintenance of our forest recreation amenities.

    If you are a regular visitor to forest parks, an annual access card is available for €40. This card allows you to access all of our forest parks every day, year-round and is available to purchase at www.coillteoutdoors.ie

  • I am having trouble using my access card for car parking?

    If your card is valid but does not work at a barrier, please email your name and card number to accesscard@coillte.ie and your query will receive a prompt reply.

  • My car has been broken into while I walked in Coillte woods

    Unfortunately incidents of car break-ins do happen from time to time. Coillte has warning signage in place to inform the public to be aware that this can happen and to take precautions.

    We are exploring options such as remote CCTV usage in forests to deter this activity. We will continue to review and improve signage and we hope that CCTV can be put in place at a lot of these sites in the future. 

  • Where can I find a list/maps of outdoor recreation activities, such as outdoor walks, cycling routes etc. in the country?

    Our website www.coillteoutdoors.ie outlines the varied range of outdoor activities available, across the country for your enjoyment.

  • I would like to use Coillte forests for a music or other event, can I do this?

    To minimise disruption for all users, we generally don't give permission for music events in our forest parks.

    Music events generally require planning permission from your local authorities and approval from local Gardaí around such issues as parking, traffic management and emergency services.

    A full proposal would be required, outlining how the issues above will be dealt with and the commercial value to Coillte for the use of the park for consideration. Proposals should be sent to info@coillte.ie 

  • I would like to set up a camp fire while camping in your forests, is this allowed?

    While we do provide scout groups permits for camping and campfires, we do not give this permission to individuals.

    You can avail of the increasing number of wild-campsites and these are located mostly in Wicklow / Dublin and one in the Nephins, in Mayo. Most of these have constructed fire rings in situ and these can be used, subject to Leave No Trace principles, by the general public.

  • Can I go fishing on Coillte property?

    While we have many lakes and rivers on our properties, none are directly managed by Coillte. The control of fishing permits and management of the stocks are dealt with by the relevant Fisheries Boards nationwide and by ESB on the Shannon catchment. Please make contact with your local fishery board to discuss further. Click For more information please go to Inland Fisheries Ireland www.fisheriesireland.ie

  • I would like to go horse riding in Coillte forests, what do I have to do to organise this?

    We allow pony/horse riding use under licence which is issued by the Local Forest Manager, however there is a fee for this. To apply for a licence, please complete the online form here www.coillteoutdoors.ie/index.php?id=231  Coillte expects visitors to follow our Horse Riding Code.

  • Will less abled users be able to utilise the Wild Nephin area in Co. Mayo for recreation use?

    The Nephin Wilderness is an area of some 11,000 ha and for most part is an already challenging and wild landscape. The essence of wilderness is that it is predominantly a wild landscape without human intervention that will provide primitive recreation opportunities (which will not be for everyone - abled bodied or otherwise).  Over developing the area with trails will destroy the values that makes it appropriate for set aside as wilderness. We will however be developing some limited recreation infrastructure to allow everyone to learn about wilderness and the landscape.

    Coillte is very aware of less abled user access and we strive to provide this where appropriate to the site and terrain. Where possible we provide access for all, however the wilderness is on a spectrum of recreation services that goes from highly developed to challenging and remote where access for all is going to be limited.  

    Keep checking the website for further updates.

Queries about planting land

Chainsaw course

Business proposal – general

  • I would like to speak to someone in Coillte about an idea I have in relation to a business proposal.

    Coillte receives many proposals from individual/groups each year and require that these proposals are presented in written format including detail of the proposal, resourcing, management, maintenance (if appropriate) and experience of the individual/group/outdoor provider in the relevant area. The more detail provided at an initial stage, the better placed we will be to assess the proposal.  You can email your proposal to info@coillte.ie

    Coillte is not in a position to discuss ideas without this information.

Queries on tree nurseries, hedging & buying plants

  • I would like to buy some tree saplings for my garden, can Coillte help?

    Coillte no longer sells hedging and plants to the general public.  Coillte now supply’s plants only through contracts, involving large numbers over a fixed time. If your request is for a large number of plants or seeds, please contact our nurseries section by e-mailing nurserysales@coillte.ie Otherwise please see the list below of other nurseries who might be able to help you.

     

    List of tree nurseries

    None-So-Hardy Forestry

    Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow 

    053 9429105

    www.nonesohardy.ie

    Kelly’s Nurseries Ltd.

    Deerpark, Streamstown, Mullingar, Westmeath 

    044 9226394

    www.kellynurseries.ie

     

    Future Forests

    Kealkil, Bantry, Co. Cork 

    027 66176

    www.futureforests.ie        

     

    Dundrum Nursery

    Dundrum, Co. Tipperary 

    062 71303

     

    SAP Nurseries

    Garnavilla, Cahir, Co. Tipperary 

    052 42222

     www.sapgroup.com

    Cappagh Nurseries

    Aughrim, Co. Wicklow 

    0402 36595

    www.vanderwel.ie

    Fermoy Woodland Nurseries Ltd

    Dunaheen, Fermoy, Co. Cork 

    025 31233

    www.fermoywoodland.ie

    Bill Madden Nurseries

    Frenchfort, Oranmore, Co. Galway 

     091 788860

    www.billmaddennursery.com

     

    Burkes Garden Centre

    Weir Road, Tuam, Co. Galway 

    093 25880

     

     

    Flannery’s Nursery

    Staplestown, Co. Kildare 

    045 869131

    www.flannerysnurseries.com

     

    Coilog Nurseries

    Crosspatrick, Kilmeague, Naas, Co. Kildare 

    045 860452

     

Trees left standing in forests

  • Why do Coillte leave small thin trees standing after trees are cut down?

    The trees left standing and lying around are known as deadwood.  There are some forest sites where deadwood is harvested and used for energy production.  This is often known as brash bundling, where the residue is gathered and then removed from site. Before this can happen, the sites have to be selected according to specified criteria such as fertility, soil stability etc. to ensure that the removal will not adversely affect future forest rotations. 

    There are also good reasons to leave deadwood in a forest after forest operations,

    1. biodiversity and nature conservation: While forest deadwood looks untidy it does provide food, habitat and shelter to a variety of plants, animals and fungi which in turn are preyed upon by other animal groups.
    2. nutrient retention and site fertility:   on second rotation forest sites, (where trees have been removed and are about to be re-planted) the nutrients remaining in the deadwood often mean that no fertilizer input is required.
    3. There is currently a research project ongoing with University College Dublin which is investigating a detailed look at the nutrient cycling processes in forests and their capacity to supply forest deadwood for energy and other purposes.

    Coillte does not permit the collection of wood from our forests. For health and safety, insurance and security reasons members of the public, or any unauthorised person is not permitted to gather or cut wood in Coillte forests.

Finding a pearl mussel

  • I have found what I think looks like a pearl mussel, what should I do?

    It is good news that you found a pearl mussel. You may or may not be aware  they are endangered in Ireland and almost extinct across Europe. The best people to inform about this would be your local National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) conservation ranger. The NPWS (www.npws.ie) in Ireland work with rare species and habitats and would be interested no doubt in your find. NPWS and Coillte work together on implementing measures to ensure forestry practices protect populations of freshwater pearl mussel.

Forest operations during March-August

  • Why are Coillte carrying out forest operations during March – August, should you not be complying with the Wildlife Act 1976?

    All tree harvesting operations, thinning and clear-felling may only occur once a felling licence has been obtained. The felling licence is granted by the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and this grants consent for forest operations to occur in these areas, even during the summer months.

    In areas that may be environmentally sensitive the Forest Service may seek additional information or may refer the licence request to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) who can add conditions to the licence which may restrict timing of operations, or add other environmental conditions to the forest operation.

Wind farms

Schools / Education Queries

Tree donation

Millennium Forest Queries

  • What is the background to the millennium forest tree planting scheme and how do I find my tree?

    Millennium Forests Project primary objective was to restore Ireland's native woodlands and manage them for the benefit of people and the environment.  Over 1,200,000 native Irish saplings were planted in the Millennium Forests. All of the young trees were grown from seeds collected in native Irish woodlands. The new forests are fully stocked and are growing vigorously. It will take over 100 years before the young Millennium woodlands reach maturity.

    At each of the People’s Millennium Forests, the young trees were planted in a grid system and each one was given a unique number and during the year 2000, every household in the country received a certificate, outlining the number of their particular tree and where to go to locate it.

    How do I find my tree?
    Each household will still be able to find which forest their tree was planted in but because of the natural processes toward the evolution of a mature native woodland community, it will not be possible to locate individual trees.  For further information please click here:http://www.millenniumforests.com/about_pmf2011.html

  • Can Coillte give me a new millennium forest certificate? I lost my original one and don’t know where my tree is.

    Unfortunately Coillte cannot issue certificates.

    How do I find my tree?
    As the trees planted in each grid are growing very fast and merging together into juvenile thickets in their ongoing development toward a native woodland ecosystem, it is not possible to locate individual trees. Each household will still be able to find which forest their tree was planted in but because of the natural processes toward the evolution of a mature native woodland community it is not possible to locate and identify individual trees. For further information on the original scheme please click on  http://www.millenniumforests.com/about_pmf2011.html

Ash for hurley making

  • Where can I get some ash for hurley making and how much is it?

    Hurley Ash planks can be purchased directly from

    Richard Costelloe Sawmill
    Freshford
    Co Kilkenny
    Ph: 056 8832161

    The plans cost:

    • Senior planks currently cost €6 plus VAT = €7.38
    • Juvenile planks costing €3 plus VAT = €3.69
    • There is also a charge for planking of €1.10 per plank

    All payments should be made directly to Richard Costelloe Sawmills.

Dumping

  • What are Coillte doing about the ongoing dumping issues which I see at a lot of forest entrances?

    Illegal dumping occurs in Coillte properties on a regular basis. This results in an unsightly situation and spoils the enjoyment for visitors to our forests. Removing the waste found dumped in our forests and re-instating the area to its previous condition is a considerable ongoing cost to Coillte.

    Any evidence of dumping should be reported to the local Coillte office or to the local council litter warden. All information regarding dumping incidents – location, vehicle registration number, details of any person seen dumping etc. should be provided.

    If there is any evidence in the litter which could indicate who carried out the dumping, the litter warden, on behalf of the local council, can issue fines and/or prosecute the offender through the courts.

Obtaining licences from Coillte

  • How do I obtain a licence/permit to hunt wild game or other wildlife species on Coillte lands?

    Coillte permits hunting under licence on designated areas of its forest estate. There are a number of different licence types available according to the type of hunting and /or the intended quarry species. In general, all such licences are allocated by means of an open tender competition. Available licensed areas are advertised annually on-line during the spring and again during the late summer. Tender bids are evaluated by local management in accordance with a standard criteria.

    Currently only holders of the Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) http://www.deeralliance.ie/ qualification can hold a licence to hunt wild deer.

    For full details of Coillte’s licences for hunting and to register to be informed of upcoming tender competitions please click on this link http://www.coillteoutdoors.ie/index.php?id=275

  • How do I obtain a licence / permit from Coillte?

    Coillte allow access to its lands for walking and hiking without a licence/permit. We also allow cycling at our designated sites (search www.coillteoutdoors.ie website for a range of  locations).

    Many other activities are allowed under a licence/permit. For example, you can train your sled dogs, make a movie, ride your horse or keep bees amongst many others. Licence/permits are granted at the discretion of local management and a licence fee will be payable to Coillte. You will also be required to carry appropriate insurance cover for your activity.

    To apply for a licence/permit, complete all fields in the form and click on submit. http://www.coillteoutdoors.ie/index.php?id=231