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Register woodlands now to avoid grant delays

Farmers could miss out on grant aid and felling consents if they don’t register their woodland now, according to Strutt & Parker.

The land agency firm is advising farmers to make sure trees come under the Rural Land Register, as woodland improvement programmes and associated grant applications can be delayed or stalled if not.

“Recent developments mean that farmers and estate owners are now seeing woodlands as a far more important resource and it is important to register that asset in order to make the most of it,” said Alistair Cochrane, partner at Strutt & Parker’s Morpeth office.

“Registration can be a relatively slow process and it would be infuriating for landowners to find, when ready to embark on a programme of woodland improvements and associated grant applications, that they are barred by not having registered the woodlands in question.

“As some of these grants are subject to annual budgets which run out, it is possible that a year could be lost in the meantime.”

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