Capital grant are available for land managers and farmers to restock or improve woodland after tree health problems.
The scheme has two parts:
1. Woodland Tree Health Restoration, and
2. Woodland Tree Health Improvement.
The scheme, which is open to applications all year round, will provide one-off payments towards the cost of:
o Restocking woodland after a tree health problem.
o Felling diseased trees and/or
o Rhododendron control.
Further information about the Woodland Tree Health Grant programme, including guidance notes and how to apply, is available on the GOV.UK website.
The image shows rhododendrons growing out of control in the Snowdonia National Park. According to this BBC report from 2014, work to remove the rhododendrons will cost around £10m and take at least five years.
The GOV.UK website states that rhododendron reduces the biodiversity value of a site, hinders woodland regeneration and, once established, is difficult and costly to eradicate. It can also be a host for the fungus-like pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, which affects larch.