TE4: Supply and plant tree

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the supply and plant tree item.

How much will be paid

£1.28 per tree.

Payment for creating new woodland

You can be paid up to £6,800 per hectare (ha) if you use this item to create new woodland.

Payments for restocking after a tree health issue

If you are restocking woodland where trees have been infected by Chalara fraxinea or Phytophthora ramorum you will be paid up to the following amounts:

Restock tree species Ancient woodland site Other
Native £3,500 per ha £2,750 per ha
Non-native £1,750 per ha £2,250 per ha

Support is only available if trees are infected by Chalara fraxinea or Phytophthora ramorum.

The Forestry Commission or the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) must confirm cases of Chalara fraxinea.

Phytophthora ramorum infected larch and sweet chestnut has to be confirmed by a statutory plant health notice (SPHN).

Where to use this item

It is available for Higher Tier, Woodland Tree Health and Woodland Creation grants on:

  • bare land (any land that has not been woodland for at least 10 years before the date of application)
  • woodland (following felling due to a plant health disease)
  • hedgerows

You can use this item to plant single trees, clumps of trees, hedgerows or woodlands.

Where this item cannot be used

  • If tree planting could damage areas of ecological, archaeological or historic interest
  • To plant woodland for producing Christmas trees or biomass
  • For restocking woodlands following a conditional felling licence (except where this has been issued for tree health reasons)
  • To plant ash trees

How this item benefits the environment

It will help create a range of environmental and social benefits that:

  • supports wildlife, particularly when new woodland links habitats or creates a protective buffer
  • reduces the risk of floods, improves water quality and prevents soil erosion
  • is resilient and can adapt to climate change
  • enhances the landscape


Prepare a woodland creation plan

When creating new woodland you must prepare a woodland creation plan (included in the application) that states the:

  • planting objectives
  • species to be used
  • planting density (the number of trees per hectare)
  • percentage of open space and means of protection (fencing or individual tree guards as appropriate)
  • areas to be planted and any areas of open space within the woodland (provide a map showing this information)

Creating or restocking woodland

If you are planting trees to create new woodland or to restock woodland you must follow the requirements in the table below:

Dimensions Create new woodland Create new woodland to improve water quality or reduce flood risk Restock after a tree health issue
Minimum agreement size 3ha 1ha 0.25ha  
Minimum block size 0.5ha 0.1ha 0.1ha  
Minimum width 20 metres (m) 10m 20m  
Minimum stocking density *1100 stems per ha (sph) 1,600sph *1100sph *In exceptional circumstances, where there will be a specific biodiversity benefit, you may be able to use a reduced stocking density of 400sph.
Maximum internal open space 20% 20% 20%  
Maximum individual glade area (after canopy closure) 0.5ha 0.5ha 0.5ha  
Maximum linear open space width (after canopy closure) 20m 20m    

You must:

  • supply, plant and weed young trees
  • use tree species appropriate for the soil and climatic conditions that support the planting objectives
  • select planting stock that complies with the Forest Reproductive Material Regulations 2002 (where applicable) and is appropriate in size and stock type to site and prevailing conditions
  • create a suitable planting position by spraying herbicide in advance, scarifying in lines or preparing a bare patch of land (screefing) with a spade
  • use a planting method that helps survival, with roots fully inserted in the ground with the root collar at ground level - the tree must be firmed in without damaging the stem
  • protect young trees by attaching a 0.6m spiral secured with a cane (first check and agree this with an adviser, not required for conifer planting)
  • plant trees when dormant and attach the spiral guard immediately
  • maintain spirals until the trees are big enough to no longer need protection
  • stop livestock and other grazing animals from damaging the trees - use protective fencing or individual guards as needed (if using tree shelters, these will replace spiral guards)
  • remove the spiral and cane when no longer needed and dispose of or recycle them in line with waste disposal regulations
  • replace all dead plants in the following planting season (each grant funded tree must be alive and in good condition by the end of an agreement)

Keep trees weed-free

You must protect trees must from competing weeds for 3 years, or until they are big enough not to be threatened by competition from weeds.

You can do this by using suitable mulch, an appropriate herbicide or weeding by hand. You must follow relevant laws and codes of practice if spraying.

Keeping records

You must keep the following records and supply them with your payment claim:

  • photographs of the completed work

You must keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • any consents or permissions connected with the work
  • receipted invoices, or bank statements where a receipted invoice is unavailable

You do not need a woodland creation plan for planting

  • following a tree health issue
  • single trees
  • in hedgerows

The detailed requirements for this item will be tailored to the planting site. You should discuss and agree these requirements with your adviser.

Please see the record keeping and inspection requirements as set out in the relevant manual (Higher Tier, Woodland Tree Health or Woodland Creation) for more detail.

You can use this item on the same area as the following items:

Speak to a Forestry Commission adviser about locating other options on a site.

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this item

The following advice is helpful, but they are not requirements for this item.

Selecting tree species

Select a tree species for the site that suits the management objectives, local soil, and current and predicted climate conditions. Use the FC tree species selection tool to find the right species and estimate yield class.

Further information

See the Higher Tier, Woodland Tree Health or Woodland Creation manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 15 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Page updated to show latest record keeping

  2. Updated for 2017 applications.

  3. Information updated for applications in 2016.

  4. First published.