Apply for support under Countryside Stewardship for woodland creation or improvement, tree health support, or to prepare a woodland management plan.
Funding for woodland creation
Woodland creation provides funding to supply, plant, weed and protect young trees. See the capital item supply and plant trees (TE4) for requirements, supporting capital items and payment rates.
Woodland creation funding for 2018 will open for applications from 2 January to 16 February 2018. Read the guidance on making an application which is available now.
Tree planting under TE4 and other associated capital items are one-off payments. The agreement ends once the final claim has been paid. Capital items must remain installed and in good condition for 5 years from the date of final payment.
Funding for woodland management plans
Support to develop a woodland management plan using the Forestry Commission template is available. See the capital item woodland management plan (PA3) to find out what needs to be included in the management plan.
Applications for a woodland management plan grant can be submitted all year round.
You can apply:
- using the capital grant application form and annex 3: woodland management plan
- online through the Rural Payments service, see the online application guidance on the manual page
Funding for woodland tree health
Woodland tree health: restoration
The restoration grant provides funding to supply, plant, weed and protect young trees following felling due to a tree health issue. See the capital item supply and plant trees (TE4) for requirements, other supporting capital items and payment rates.
Support is only available if:
- trees are infected by Chalara dieback of ash or Phytophthora ramorum
- cases of Chalara dieback of ash have been confirmed by the Forestry Commission or the Animal and Plant Health Agency
- cases of Phytophthora ramorum infected larch and sweet chestnut have been confirmed by a statutory plant health notice
Woodland tree health: improvement
The improvement grant provides funding for:
- scrub control and felling diseased trees (SB1) - the current eligible tree health issue for SB1 is the removal of immature larch infected with Phytophthora ramorum
- rhododendron control (SB6) - use SB6 to remove rhododendron that is infected with Phytophthora ramorum or Phytophthora kernoviae or is within 3km of a site with a statutory plant health notice
Applications for a woodland tree health grant can be submitted all year round.
Complete a capital grant application form and annex 4: woodland tree health to apply.
Funding for woodland improvement
Funding for woodland improvement is available through the Higher Tier and includes:
- the multi-year woodland improvement option (WD2)
- a range of capital items including woodland infrastructure
Funding for woodland improvement closed for applications on 5 May 2017.
A Forestry Commission approved woodland management plan is required for all woodland improvement applications.
See the Higher Tier manual to find out more.
Published: 4 August 2015
Updated: 18 September 2017
- 2018 woodland creation manual published.
- Woodland improvement open for 2017 applications.
- Information for woodland management plan grant applications in 2017 added.
- Information for woodland creation capital grant applications in 2017 added.
- The application period for a 2016 woodland management plan closed on 30 September.
- Updated woodland support section for Higher Tier application window opening.
- Added details of 2016 woodland creation grant.
- First published.