Jul 27, 2017

The Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant is a stand-alone capital grant offering funding to farmers and other land managers in England to plant young trees that will:

o Protect wildlife;
o Boost the timber sector; and
o Reduce flood risk.

The grant provides a one-off payment towards the cost of supplying and planting trees and associated items needed to create new woodland.

The maximum available grant per hectare for a given woodland creation application is £6,800 for capital items, covering both planting and protection.

This cap will be calculated as an average across the area of the application.

Applicants can select from a range of capital items as part of their woodland creation grant.

Farmers, foresters and land managers can apply for these grants, as long as the land parcels in their application are under their full control for the length of the agreement period.

Under the grant annual maintenance, payments are available for 10 years. The following persons or bodies will qualify for assistance: partnerships; tenants; landlords; land owned by public bodies; and businesses receiving other funding or managing the land under other agreements.

The scheme will open in January 2018 and the application forms and guidance will be available in September 2017.

For further details, visit the GOV.UK website.

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