If you’re thinking about applying for a grant to help with the funding of a tree planting project you’re considering, then there’s no better time than right now!
There’s a huge Government focus on encouraging farmers, landowners and managers to plant more trees and with it, a number of incentives which you may qualify for…
In England and Scotland the Forestry Commission govern most grants for both new woodland creation and reforestation, whilst in Wales they are administered by Natural Resource Wales. Please find here a download to an overview of the main grants and funding opportunities currently supported by the Forestry Commission. This is a great reference document, as it details top line qualifying criteria and also what each scheme covers in terms of financial incentives; both short term and long term gains.
The primary fund available to landowners, farmers and public bodies is the England Woodland Creation Offer (EWCO). This tree planting grant scheme backs the creation of new woodland, including natural colonisation, and applies to areas as small as one hectare. Capped at £8,500 per hectare for standard costs, it also includes annual maintenance payments of £200 per hectare per year, for 10 years.
If looking for funding to support with the removal of diseased trees and / or restocking woodland after felling due to a tree health issue; such as Ash dieback (a highly infectious fungal disease which is threatening to wipe out over 90% of our native ash trees and most other non-native members of the ash family), then The Woodland Tree Health Grant, part of Countryside Stewardship, may be an applicable to your needs or circumstances.
Further details about these two grant schemes are detailed within the above Forestry Commission grant table; which we have also included a download link should you need to print a copy.
For smaller grants schemes, specific to regreening West Country and Devon area, there are currently over 20 different sources of funding for tree planting available via a number of recognised organisations including the Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust, The Tree Council and regional County Councils.
These available funding options are open to a wide audience and encourage all kinds of treescape planting, from a single tree or a small copse to a wildlife hedgerow or mixed native hedge border… so whether you’re a farmer, landowner, community group, business, agent or private individuals, there really is no better time to plant a tree and do everything in our powers to reverse environmental declines, tackling climate change and reshape our planet’s future for the better!
If unsure of what’s going to be the best option for you, then it may be beneficial to speak to forestry consultant or land agent to help guide you through the process of any grant application; from discussing investment opportunities, design and planning, through to project implementation and ongoing maintenance of the site.
Whilst we can help you to provide you with details of a contacts in your local area, we would advise you contacting the Institute of Chartered Foresters to help find a qualified agent in your area, who can help to advise or manage any grant scheme that you may be considering.
You can also find further information about the funding of varying types of treescape – trees, woodlands and forests, within our Grants + Incentives section.
At Exmoor Trees, we pride ourselves in providing customers with expert support and guidance specific to their project requirements, so whether you’re looking to plant one tree or several thousands, we’re happy to discuss your needs and help you every step of the way.
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