Revealed: How many hectares of forestry there are in Kilkenny

Kilkenny makes up 2.6% of the country's forestry hectares

Darren Hassett

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Kilkenny has just over 19,000 hectares of forestry, the Minister for Agriculture has confirmed.

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Government on the number of hectares of forestry in each county.

Minister Michael Creed said: “My Department compiles a number of different afforestation statistics which are available on my Department's website including the National Forest Inventory Results Data which are an invaluable source of statistical information on Ireland’s forest estate.”

The Minister provided a breakdown of the area of forestry in each county which was taken from the National Forest Inventory.

It reveals that Cork has the highest amount of forestry at just over 83,000 hectares with Galway boasting over 59,000 hectares and Kerry's 53,000 hectares.

The National Forest Inventory estimated nationally, the area of forest was 731,650 hectares.