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Woodland support: Countryside Stewardship

Apply for grants under Countryside Stewardship for woodland creation or improvement, tree health support or to prepare a woodland management plan.

Farmers and land managers can apply for woodland support under Countryside Stewardship (CS).

Agreement holders should refer to the information for agreement holders and CS forms collection.

Woodland creation

The woodland creation grant is open for applications all year round.

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.

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.

Woodland management plans

The woodland management plan grant is open for applications all year round.

Apply for a grant to develop a woodland management plan using the Forestry Commission template. See the capital item woodland management plan (PA3) to find out what needs to be included in the management plan.

You can apply:

Woodland tree health

The woodland tree health grants are open for applications all year round.

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:

Complete a capital grant application form and annex 4: woodland tree health to apply.

Woodland improvement

You can now request an application pack using the Rural Payments service. Fill in your application and then email it back to us.

If you cannot get online, call us and we will help you. If you request a paper application pack, these will be sent out from 4 March. The deadline to request an application pack is 31 March 2019.

The Deadline for returning your application is 3 May 2019.

The funding includes:

A Forestry Commission approved woodland management plan is required for all woodland improvement applications.

  1. Higher Tier: Countryside Stewardship
Published 4 August 2015
Last updated 18 February 2019 + show all updates
  1. Update for Woodland Support grants and updated application forms.
  2. Higher tier applications are now closed
  3. 2018 woodland creation manual published.
  4. Woodland improvement open for 2017 applications.
  5. Information for woodland management plan grant applications in 2017 added.
  6. Information for woodland creation capital grant applications in 2017 added.
  7. The application period for a 2016 woodland management plan closed on 30 September.
  8. Updated woodland support section for Higher Tier application window opening.
  9. Added details of 2016 woodland creation grant.
  10. First published.