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Forest Cover in Ireland and the EU-25

Figures 10.1 and 10.2 describe the trend in new planting since 1980. The level of planting by the private sector exceeded public planting by the mid to late 1980s with the latter decreasing substantially thereafter. Private plantings peaked around the mid 1990s and declined in recent years although in 2010 there was a 25% increase to 8,314 hectares in the area grant aided. The proportion of afforested land privately owned was nearly 47% in 2010. There has been a significant increase in broadleaf planting since 1996 reflecting the revised support structure for such plantings. Broadleaves accounted for nearly 38% of new planting in 2010 exceeding the current target of 30%.