PA3: Woodland management plan

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the woodland management plan item.

How much will be paid

Threshold Payment
First 100 hectares (ha) £20 per ha (minimum payment £1000)
Over 100 ha £10 per ha

The woodland management plan must cover all the woodland on the holding, including all newly planted woodland. The amount paid will be calculated on the entire eligible area of woodland on the holding. This calculation can include up to an additional 20% of newly planted woodland (this means woodland that is under 10 years old at the time of application). Areas over 20% will be deducted from the total area for payment but must still be covered in the management plan.

Where to use this item

Only on woodland.

Where this item cannot be used

On woodland:

  • that is less than 3ha in total
  • where there is already a Forestry Commission (FC) approved management plan and only minor changes are needed to meet the current UK Forestry Standard (UKFS)

How this item will benefit the environment

It will help with the cost of producing a management plan for existing woodland that complies with the standard set by UKFS.

A woodland management plan will help:

  • develop and communicate objectives and work proposals for the woodland
  • clearly demonstrate how a woodland area will be managed sustainably and monitored


  • produce a detailed 10 year management plan using the FC template (includes guidance), that complies with the standard set by UKFS
  • make sure the plan covers all woodland on the holding or, for larger holdings, all woodland within the same landscape setting

Keeping records

Agreement holders will need to 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
  • Forestry Commission Woodland Management Plan approval letter
  • please see the record keeping and inspection requirements as set out in the Higher Tier manual for more detail

The detailed requirements for this item will be tailored to the Higher Tier site. Higher Tier applicants should discuss and agree these requirements with their adviser.

Further information

See Funding for woodland management plans to find out more about the grant and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 31 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  2. First published.