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Getting rid of scrub? Any schemes to leave it?

  • 19-05-2022 10:16am
    Registered Users Posts: 16,720 ✭✭✭✭ Donald Trump

    I know a fella setting out about 10 acres for grazing. Not great land overall anyway but at one end of it, there are about 2 acres which is just scrub and weeds after being abused about 20 years ago and left. Plenty of furze bushes and loads of small little saplings etc etc.

    There is still topsoil there but I'd say it would take a bit of work to get it back to any kind of functional state. I would say maybe one of those mulchers might do a job on cutting the scrub down but I'm not what kind of state you'd realistically get the land back to.

    But the question I'd have is whether there might be any schemes going (like that wild bird cover scheme) that would make it worth while to leave it in the state it currently is? Could you run into trouble by leaving it there too long in the sense that you might then be prohibited from clearing it off at a later stage (under current rules I mean). At what stage is a tree a tree?