Caroline Ayre, England National Manager at Confor, said:
“The forestry sector welcomes the England Woodland Creation Offer. Ambitious targets for tree planting have been set and society’s insatiable demand for wood products, from timber to clothing and paper, means that, more than ever, we need purposeful, well designed and managed productive new woodland. Woodland that will help to sustain and grow resilient rural businesses and diverse landscapes.
“We look forward to working with the Forestry Commission to deliver England’s tree planting programme through the England Woodland Creation Offer, to ensure that we allow land managers and farmers to create a legacy not a liability for future generations.”
Julian Ohlsen, Regional Manager & Tilhill Forester says:
“Following the recent England Tree Action Plan announcement, it is great to see the details behind the incentives to increase woodland planting from today’s 2,000 Ha per annum to the target of 10,000 Ha per annum in England.
This is an ambitious target and will require the whole industry to work together. The Forestry Commission will need to fast track the currently overly long planning and permission stages to avoid willing participants loosing focus and drive.
Our spades are ready and the tree nursery fully stocked.”
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- Land managers and farmers may be eligible to keep claiming Basic Payments Scheme (BPS) payments on their land when entering into a EWCO agreement. They may also be eligible to register with the Woodland Carbon Code and apply to the Woodland Carbon Guarantee for further funding. They should also consider applying for funding towards the cost of planning their new woodland (if it will be 5 hectares or more in size) through the Woodland Creation Planning Grant.
- This England Woodland Creation Offer is one of a suite of new Forestry Commission initiatives to support woodland creation and tree planting across England. See this Create Woodland: Overview page for details of other current funding opportunities.
- The Offer is an inclusive and flexible offer of a grant that replaces the Woodland Carbon Fund, which closed for applications in March 2021.
- Helping to meet the government’s tree planting commitments, the grant is highly competitive and pioneers a new approach to supporting woodland creation with a new higher intervention rate of 100% capital costs covered and additional contributions that recognise many of the ecosystem services that woodland creation will generate, hoping to pave the way for future developments in the fields of green finance for natural capital and ecosystem services.
- The grant will cover standard capital costs for tree planting (up to a per hectare cap of £8,500) and annual maintenance payments of £200 per hectare for 10 years, as well as rewarding farmers and landowners with additional contributions for providing public and/or wider environmental benefits.
- All England Woodland Creation Offer applications must be compliant with the UK Forestry Standard.