RDS Production Forestry Award

Royal Dublin Society (RDS)

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Grant amount: €1,000 - €2,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 14, 2019

Applicant type: Unaffiliated Researcher Working Professional

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Ireland

Location of residency: Ireland

Location of citizenship: Ireland

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RDS Forest & Woodland Awards

Celebrating the best forests and foresters in Ireland, 'RDS Forest and Woodland Awards' are the only awards of their kind in Ireland. They recognise and reward farmers and woodland owners who are employing the principles of Climate-Smart Agriculture on their properties including: sound commercial management, environmental protection and encouragement of bio-diversity.

The twin goals of promoting the economic and environmental benefits of good forestry and farming is the underlying motivation behind these Awards. The goal of the RDS Agriculture and Rural Affairs programme is to promote best practice and efficiency in farming to ensure farm household profitability and sustainability in Ireland.

The RDS has been involved in forestry since the 1740s with many of Ireland’s oldest remaining forests originally planted on foot of RDS grants (or premiums as they were known). The Awards continue the RDS tradition of involvement in forestry by highlighting excellent Irish farmers and communicating what they are able to accomplish through the application of best practice and innovative management techniques.

Production Forestry Award 

The Production Forestry Category is divided into two sections; Under 15 Hectares and Over 15 Hectares, and is open to Farmers and landowners using sound silvicultural management on their farms. With the aim of recognising excellence in the management of production forestry, the winner in each section will receive €2,000 and an RDS Silver Medal. The runner-up in each section will collect a cheque for €1,000 and an RDS Certificate of Merit.

While the focus is on the management of the area for wood production, judges will also take into account diversity of species, particularly native trees such as Ash, Birch, Oak, Willow, etc., to ensure greater efficiency and quality in the development of the sector.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Be a minimum of four hectares. No maximum area. 
  • Be established for at least ten years. 
  • These Awards are open to applicants from the entire island of Ireland. 


  • First place Award winners in the previous four years are not eligible to enter .