Guidance

Woodland capital grants 2015: individual tree shelter (TE5)

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the individual tree shelter capital item.

Foresters and other land managers can apply for woodland capital grants.

Read the accompanying guidance to find out more about Countryside Stewardship woodland capital grants 2015.

How much will be paid

£1.60 per unit.

Where the item is available

This item must only be used:

When this item can’t be used

This item can’t be used on its own or with any other option, supplement or item other than item TE4.

How this item will benefit the environment

This item provides tree shelters to protect young, establishing trees from damage by browsing animals.

Requirements

Successful applicants will need to:

  • put up a tree shelter immediately after the tree is planted

  • make sure each shelter is flush with the ground to keep out small animals such as mice and voles

  • secure each shelter with a 25mm by 25 mm wooden stake, placed in an upright position

  • check shelters regularly, maintaining them until the tree or shrub is established

  • design and support shelters so they last for at least 5 years

  • dispose or recycle shelters and stakes according to relevant waste disposal regulations

Use 1.2 m or 1.8m shelters to protect trees from grazing animals (height of the animal determines which shelter to use), e.g:

  • for roe, muntjac or chinese water deer use 1.2m shelters
  • for fallow, red or sika deer use 1.8m shelters

Keeping records

Successful applicants will need to keep:

  • geotagged photographs of the area before and after completion of the work (these will need to be submitted with any claim)

  • any receipted invoices and bank statements related to the work (these must be shown on request)

Published 17 February 2015