Find out about eligibility and requirements for the rhododendron control 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
|Slope of site||Rhododendron height||Payment|
|Level or gentle slope (0 to 11 degree incline)||Average height is less than 2.5m tall||£2,800 per hectare (ha)|
|Moderate slope (12 to 18 degree incline)||Between 2.5m to 4m tall||£3,200 per ha|
|Steep or very steep slope (19 degrees or more)||Average height is over 4m tall||£4,400 per ha|
The higher rate will apply where the site is classed in 1 or more of these categories, e.g. if the site is on a steep slope with an average height of less than 2.5m.
Where this item is available
This item can be used on:
How it benefits the environment
This item supports rhododendron control, reducing the negative effect it can have on a site.
Rhododendron reduces the biodiversity value of a site, hindering woodland regeneration and once established, is difficult and costly to eradicate.
Rhododendron can also be a host for the fungus-like pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, which affects larch.
On the land
Successful applicants will need to:
check the slope on the ground - it can’t be based solely from map contours
destroy all rhododendron within the target area
cut all live rhododendron material from the stump, allowing access for chemical spraying of any re-growth
treat all stumps with a suitable herbicide on the day of being cut and in frost free and rain free conditions - rain should not be forecast for at least 6 hours
dispose of cut material so that it allows access to stumps for chemical spraying of any re-growth
control any noxious weed species, such as ragwort, when the site regenerates
chemically treat re-growth with a recommended herbicide - follow the manufacturer’s guidance on application rates and safety requirements
keep the operations in line with recommendations in the Forestry Commission practice guide Managing and controlling invasive rhododendron
Removing infected rhododendron
When removing rhododendron infected with Phytophthora ramorum or Phythopthora kernoviae, successful applicants must:
clean or disinfect clothing, equipment and vehicles according to advice given in the Forestry Commission biosecurity guidance
use disinfectants that have gone through a Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) safety assessment as well as an environmental assessment
Burning waste material
Successful applicants may need to discuss whether to burn cut waste material with their local Forestry Commission or Natural England adviser. If told to burn it, applicants must:
agree in advance where the burn site will be
build bonfires far enough away from trees (at least 10m from the crown of any tree) to avoid damaging them
make sure that burning sites and piles of wood aren’t on patches of ground where they could damage species rich grassland, anthills or other ecological or archaeological features
clean up the site as soon as possible after burning - burning on a metal sheet reduces damage to the soil and makes it easier to remove ash from the site
What the management plan needs to include
When used on a woodland site the woodland management plan needs to both:
identify rhododendron as being present
identify rhododendron as posing a threat to successful management
These don’t apply if rhododendron is being removed due to a tree health issue.
Successful applicants will need to keep:
an approved woodland management plan (unless the rhododendron is infected by Phytopthora ramorum, Phytophthora kernoviae or within 3km of an Statutory Plant Health Notice and a management plan isn’t needed)
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)
How to carry out this option
The following section gives advice on carrying out this item successfully but the advice is not compulsory.
Assess the slope class
The payment rate depends on the slope of the site and height of the rhododendron.
Applicants can estimate the slope by eye but a clinometer will give a better assessment.
Contours on maps can give an indication of slope but applicants will need to check the slope on the ground.
|Slope class||Type||Percentage incline (%)||Degree|
|1||Level||0 to 10||0 to 6|
|2||Gentle||11 to 20||7 to 11|
|3||Moderate||21 to 33||12 to 18|
|4||Steep||34 to 50||19 to 27|
|5||Very steep||over 51||over 28|