Access to Government Grants

In England, having an approved management plan in place is a pre-requisite to accessing woodland grants under Defra's Countryside Stewardship scheme, as from July 2015. The production of such a plan can also be funded under Countryside Stewardship. The management plan template available on the Forestry Commission England website should be used in order to access these grants. Latest information can be found on the Forestry Commission's website:

In Wales, in order to be eligible for woodland grant funding through Glastir, all woodland proposals submitted must include a woodland creation or forest management plan. Plans should be completed by an approved woodland planner and comply with the UK Forestry standard. Additionally, plans should set out the objectives for the woodland, how the woodland contributes to the Welsh Governments objectives and also show value for public money. Scheme rules and guidance can be found on the Welsh Government website.

In Scotland, woodland grant funding is primarily available through the Forestry Grant Scheme. This scheme supports both the creation of new woodlands and the sustainable management of existing woodlands . Applications and proposed management work must comply with the UK Forestry Standard and be aligned with an agreed plan. Small scale woodland planting and woodland management options are also available through the Agri-environment and Climate Scheme.

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