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The government has confirmed a new £13 million fund to help plant more than 3 million trees across 1,900 hectares of new woodland is now open for applications. Through the next round of the Woodland Creation Grant, farmers and land managers can apply for a grant of up to £6,800 per hectare towards ground preparation, tree planting, fencing, tree protection and initial maintenance. This forms part of the government’s target to plant 11 million trees within this Parliament.
Guidance and applications forms are now available for the Woodland Creation Grant with submissions to be made between 2nd January – 16th February 2018. If applicants are successful, there is an option to apply for annual maintenance payments for 10 years, similar to the 2017 rate of £200 per hectare.
Two new capital grant items have also been introduced to the 2018 scheme which can accompany a Woodland Creation Grant application. Firstly, Stone Wall Top Wiring will contribute £3.60 per metre towards half height sheep netting or two lines of wire to control livestock and conserve traditional landscapes. This item can be used where new woodland planting has nearby stonewall boundaries.
The other capital item is for woodland Infrastructure and will contribute 40% of actual costs towards improving woodland access and allowing timber and other products including planting stock to be moved more easily. The capital item will cover new extraction routes, turning points, entrances and drainage work that improves access. An existing Forestry Commission approved woodland management plan will need to have identified that poor access is preventing the movement of timber and these other products to be eligible for this item.
If you would like to discuss these new grants in further detail or look at putting a woodland management plan in place, the costs of which are covered by the Woodland Management Plan grant, please contact:
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