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 other land managers can apply for woodland support under Countryside Stewardship.

Applicants should register with the Rural Payments Agency using the online tool.

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

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.

The woodland creation grant closed for applications on 16 February 2018.

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

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.

Applications for a woodland management plan grant can be submitted all year round.

You can apply:

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:

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:

You can apply for Higher Tier from 15 January until 13 April 2018. Request an application pack by 9 March.

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

  1. Higher Tier: Countryside Stewardship

    • Guidance
Published 4 August 2015
Last updated 18 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. 2018 woodland creation manual published.
  2. Woodland improvement open for 2017 applications.
  3. Information for woodland management plan grant applications in 2017 added.
  4. Information for woodland creation capital grant applications in 2017 added.
  5. The application period for a 2016 woodland management plan closed on 30 September.
  6. Updated woodland support section for Higher Tier application window opening.
  7. Added details of 2016 woodland creation grant.
  8. First published.