Study finds low local ownership of forestry planted in Leitrim

A study of forestry ownership in Leitrim commissioned by the Save Leitrim group has found a much lower local ownership of forestry than was suggested in a report last year.

A report commissioned by Minister of State Andre Doyle on the impact of forestry in the county suggested that around 70% of forestry was owned by local residents.

The study on behalf of the Save Leitrim group has found a much lower percentage of around 20% local ownership based on a sample of the parishes of Cloone and Aughavas.

Sian Cowman says the data for the study was compiled by downloading ownership portfolios using Land Direct, an online service from the Property Registration Authority.

She says even though the study is based on a small area they are confident it represents a truer picture of who really owns the plantations across the county.