Map changes may free up tree-planting grants to landowners

Forestry Commission Wales is urging landowners to reconsider applying for a woodland grant if their land was not eligible for the scheme first time around.

"Thanks to changes to the map that is used to assess applications to the Glastir grant scheme, planting trees may now be possible in some areas where it was previously not permitted," said the commission.

The scheme, launched in 2010, involves specialist advice from a consultant who checks the woodland map to see if land is eligible for planting and develop a planting plan and grant application.

Policy manager Bill MacDonald said: "We found that using the map-based information alone to assess applications is not sufficient and so, having consulted with stakeholders, we decided to revise the map.

"These changes reflect our experience that, with careful consideration and consultation, woodland creation may be appropriate in some areas where planting was previously not permitted."

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