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Woodfuel grant funding available in east of England

Farmers and landowners in the east of England can apply for grant support towards woodfuel projects.

A total of £1.2m funding is available for woodfuel projects in the eastern region – Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk – through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).

Awarded and administered by Woodfuel East (WFE), the closing date for new applications is 30 November.  Funding is available to help people make full use of the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Eligible projects include:  
  • roads for the extraction of timber and thinnings from woodland
  • hard standing for seasoning or curing timber
  • construction of new, or conversion of existing, buildings for storage of woodfuel
  • purchase of equipment for the extraction or processing of wood for fuel
  • purchase of equipment for delivery of woodfuel
“There is great potential in the eastern region for landowners and managers to diversify into economically-viable woodfuel production and bring more neglected woodlands back into active management,” said Woodfuel East manager Edwin van Ek.

“We urge farmers, landowners and forestry contractors to get in touch with us now so as not to miss out on money that could transform their business for the better.”

The maximum grant rate offered will be 40% of eligible project costs, except for infrastructure grants which can pay up to 60%.  

For more information visit the Woodfuel East website.

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