Woodland creation grants to offer £6,800/ha

Applications will open in January next year for the next round of the Woodland Creation Grant.

This will offer up to £6,800/ha to plant, weed and protect trees, with annual maintenance payments available for 10 years.

The initiative is part of a £13m fund to promote tree planting to protect wildlife, boost timber production and reduce flood risk.

See also: How planting trees on farms offers extra income stream

Part of the Countryside Stewardship scheme, it aims to establish 1,900ha of new woodland with 3m trees.

Guidance and application forms will be available in September and the application window opens in January 2018.

A range of grants are available to support the creation of new woodland and sustainable woodland management, with Forestry Commission online advice available on the application process.