Guidance

Legacy woodland grants and obligations

Claim and manage legacy schemes – English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS), Farm Woodland Premium Scheme (FWPS), Farm Woodland Scheme (FWS) and Woodland Grant Scheme (WGS).

These legacy grant schemes still have payments or obligations:

  • English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS)
  • Farm Woodland Premium Scheme (FWPS)
  • Farm Woodland Scheme (FWS)
  • Woodland Grant Scheme (WGS)

English Woodland Grant Scheme

The English Woodland Grant Scheme closed to new applications on 30 September 2014. To find out about current grant schemes see Countryside Stewardship Woodland Support.

Grants available through EWGS were:

  • Woodland Improvement Grant (WIG)
  • Woodfuel WIG
  • Woodland Management Grant
  • Woodland Creation Grant
  • Farm Woodland Payments (these are compensation payments for agricultural income forgone when creating new woodlands on agricultural land)
  • Woodland Planning Grant
  • Woodland Assessment Grant
  • Woodland Regeneration Grant

Claiming your grant

Claim forms are sent to the main applicant for Woodland Creation Grant and annual claims (Farm Woodland Payments and Woodland Management Grant) for completion.

The main applicant must complete an EWGS 8 - Claim form and photographic evidence (if required) for the following grant types:

  • Woodland Improvement Grant
  • Woodland Regeneration Grant
  • Woodland Planning Grant

Return all claim forms to the Administrative Hub, which covers your area.

The deadline for returning your annual claim (Farm Woodland Payments and Woodland Management Grant) is 15 May. Failure to return your claim by this deadline will result in a penalty.

You must claim for the second instalment of the Woodland Creation Grant by the end of the contract date. Your Farm Woodland Payments cannot be made until this claim is returned.

You must submit all other grant claims by the end of the financial year stated in your contract.

If you’re claiming for Woodland Creation Grant, Woodland Improvement Grant or Woodland Regeneration Grant, you must provide photographic evidence to accompany the claim. Capital grant claims requirement for photographic evidence: operations note 039 provides further details on the requirements.

How long will it take the claim to be paid?

Your claim may be selected for inspection, which may increase the time taken for your claim to be paid.

Woodland Management Grant and Farm Woodland Payments are paid annually, normally in December.

How do I update my details?

Contact your Administrative Hub, which covers your area, to update your contact details.

Contact Rural Payments to update your payee details.

How do I transfer the ownership of the property?

You should use the Change of ownership of land under a grant scheme: operations note 14 if you’re selling or about to sell your land that has a Farm Woodland Payments grant scheme on it.

The successor’s form should be completed for any grant schemes that you have with the Forestry Commission. Send completed forms back to the Administrative Hub, which covers your area.

EWGS terms and conditions

The first version of EWGS terms and conditions was drawn up in 2005. In 2007 a major revision was undertaken, including a consultation exercise, resulting in the publication of new terms and conditions in February 2008. Minor revisions to these were made in May 2009.

The current terms and conditions are available below along with previous versions and details of the 2007 consultation exercise.

EWGS terms and conditions 2009 (PDF, 68KB, 12 pages)

EWGS terms and conditions 2008 (PDF, 61.1KB, 9 pages)

EWGS terms and conditions 2007 (PDF, 29.9KB, 10 pages)

EWGS terms and conditions action summary 2007 (PDF, 16.7KB, 4 pages)

Farm Woodland Premium Scheme (FWPS)

The Farm Woodland Premium Scheme (FWPS) was introduced on 1 April 1992 to replace the Farm Woodland Scheme (FWS).

Claiming your grant

All FWPS claims will be sent out to the main applicant annually.

Send the completed form back to the Administrative Hub, which covers your area, by 15 May. Failure to return your claim by this deadline will result in a penalty.

How long will the claim take to be paid?

Your claim may be selected for inspection, which may increase the time taken for your claim to be paid.

FWPS is normally paid in December.

How do I update my details?

Contact the Administrative Hub, which covers your area, to update your contact details.

Contact Rural Payments to update your payee details.

How do I transfer the ownership of the property?

You should use the Change of ownership of land under a grant scheme: operations note 14 if you’re selling or about to sell your land that has a FWPS grant scheme on it.

The successor’s form should be completed for any grant schemes that you have with the Forestry Commission. Send the completed forms back to the Administrative Hub, which covers your area.

Rules and procedures

FWPS rules and procedures (PDF, 139KB, 25 pages)

Farm Woodland Scheme

Claiming your grant

Claim forms will be sent out to the main applicant every 5 years.

Send the completed form back to the Administrative Hub, which covers your area.

How long will the claim take to be paid?

Your claim may be selected for inspection, which may increase the time taken for your claim to be paid.

How do I update my details?

Contact your Administrative Hub, which covers your area, to update your contact details,

Contact Rural Payments to update your payee details.

How do I transfer the ownership of the property?

You should use the Change of ownership of land under a grant scheme: operations note 14 if you’re selling or about to sell your land that has a Farm Woodland Scheme grant scheme on it.

The successor’s form should be completed for any grant schemes that you have with the Forestry Commission. Send the completed forms back to the Administrative Hub, which covers your area.

Terms and conditions

FWS rules and procedures (PDF, 31.2KB, 3 pages)

Woodland Grant Scheme

The Woodland Grant Scheme has no further payments to be made. Contact the Administrative Hub, which covers your area, with any further queries.

Who to contact for more advice or information?

Contact the Administrative Hub, which covers your area, for more information on legacy grants or if you have a query. They will be able to help you and put you in touch with someone who can answer your question.

Appeals

You can make a complaint or appeal against a Forestry Commission decision.

Published 1 January 1988