Guidance

Cross-compliance for woodland owners and managers

Find specific advice for woodland owners and managers on the cross-compliance requirements under the Rural Development Programme (RDPE).

For clarification by the Forestry Commission on cross-compliance and how it affects you as a woodland owner or manager, read Cross-compliance requirements for forests/woodland: operations note 38. This gives you information on:

  • cross-compliance in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) programme 2014 to 2020 for woodland (forest)
  • the two separate sets of standards - specific requirements relating to European Regulations, known as ‘Statutory Management Requirements’ (SMRs) and standards for ‘Good Agricultural and Environmental Condition’ (GAEC) of land
  • when and how you need to comply with cross-compliance rules
  • which woodland schemes and payments are affected
  • breaches and sanctions
  • exemptions and derogations

Read broader guidance for farmers and landowners on how you must follow cross-compliance rules from 1 January 2018 if you claim for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), a Countryside Stewardship scheme or the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS).

Find out more about about Countryside Stewardship and woodland support.

Published 9 July 2018