The Woodland Creation Grant is part of Countryside Stewardship and is available for applications all year round. You can apply for up to £6,800 per hectare to help plant trees, including the capital items associated with this. As well as payments of £1.28 per tree, you can also apply for various fencing and gate options, as well as individual tree shelters (£1.60 each). This grant is delivered by the Forestry Commission, who will work closely with you to ensure the success of your woodland. In general, the minimum application area is 3ha, with any separate blocks being a minimum of 0.5ha (and minimum width of 20 metres). In some circumstances you may be able to apply for planting as part of ‘measures for water quality or flood prevention’, in which case the minimum application area is reduced to 1ha, with any separate blocks being a minimum of 0.1ha (and minimum width of 10 metres). If successful, you will have two years to purchase and plant/install the capital items, and a further three months to submit the final payment claim. Once the final claim has been made, you can then apply for a separate multi-year Woodland Maintenance Grant to maintain the newly created woodland for ten years.
If you are considering planting any blocks of woodland, then the Woodland Creation Grant could compliment your project perfectly. The application process is straight forward and the Forestry Commission will provide as much help and guidance as is required. As well as being environmentally friendly planting trees helps your business reduce its carbon footprint which will become more important in the future to become more sustainable.
The Sherborne office has helped complete a number of successful applications in the last year. Contact Sophie at firstname.lastname@example.org or your local FCG office, for more information on the application process.