Guidance released for new English woodland funding

Official guidance has been published on how to apply for the next tranche of funding under the Woodland Creation Grant scheme, which will be open for applications from 3 January to 1 March 2017.

Image: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Image: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Under the scheme, an initial capital grant of up to £6,800 per hectare is available, covering the cost of the trees and optionally any protection for them, within two years of award.

Funding is also available within the scheme for woody dams to reduce flood risk, subject to official approval.

Eligible applicants can subsequently apply for multi-year support of £200/ha under the Woodland Creation Maintenance scheme to maintain the newly created woodland for 10 years.

Part of the Countryside Stewardship programme, the scheme is administered jointly by Natural England, the Forestry Commission, Defra and the Rural Payments Agency.

See www.gov.uk/government/publications/countryside-stewardship-woodland-creation-grant-manual-2017.


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