20th July 2017, by Gavin McEwan
A £13 million fund to help landowners in England plant more trees to protect wildlife, boost the timber sector and reduce flood risk will open at the end of the year for applications, forestry minister Thérèse Coffey has confirmed.
Farmers, foresters and land managers across the UK will be able to apply for up to £6,800 per hectare to plant, weed and protect more trees when application forms for the next round of the government’s Woodland Creation grant are made available in September.
The fund – part of the Countryside Stewardship scheme – will help plant more than 3 million trees, creating 1,900 hectares of new woodland and contributing to the government’s ambition to plant 11 million trees, with a further one million in towns and cities.
Forestry Minister Thérèse Coffey said:
“Today’s announcement demonstrates the government’s ongoing commitment to the forestry sector and to biodiversity, which afforestation delivers. I hope to see as many applications as possible so this important industry can continue to thrive.”
Guidance and application forms will be available in September, with the application window opening in January 2018. A range of grants are available to support the creation of new woodland and sustainable woodland management, with Forestry Commission online advice available on the application process.
Under the grant, annual maintenance payments are available for 10 years.