HS2 Woodland fund
Funding has been made available through the forestry commission to plant woodland within 25 miles of the new HS2 train line. The application process should be easier that a CS woodland creation grant and it also pays more money (up to £8,500/ha).
Minimum sizes are as follows;
· If you want to extend existing ancient woodland the minimum application area is 1ha and minimum block size is 0.1ha
· For planting standalone woodland minimum block size is 5ha
· For PAWs (plantations on ancient woodland sites) minimum application is 0.5ha, minimum felling coupe size is 0.1ha
If your farm falls within the eligibility area marked on the map below and you would like to plant some woodland then please contact Matt on 01480 890686 to arrange a meeting.
Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant
Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant opens for applications from from 2nd January 2018 for a limited period of time, land owners can apply for up to £6,800/ha to plant and protect trees. Applications will be competitive, with a minimum area of 3hectares required, and each planting block needing to be at least 0.5hectares in area. Exceptionally, a smaller minimum area of 1 hectare, with planting blocks of at least 0.1 hectares, will be available as part of a suite of options to address water quality. If you are considering planting any woodland, please contact Matt in the office as soon as possible on 01480 890686 for further information and help with applications.