There are a variety of grant schemes available for the management of woodland. These are summarised below
The English Woodland Grant Scheme
The EWGS aims to. . . . .
sustain and increase the public benefits given by existing woodlands
help create new woodlands to deliver additional public benefit
For further information, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/ewgs
The EWGS will pay a Woodland Management Grant (£30 per hectare per year), for agreed works including various ongoing maintenance tasks, deer management and the management of public access.
Woodland Management Planning and Assessment
Through EWGS, Woodland Management Planning Grants are also available to support the preparation of management plans for woodlands over 3ha. There is also a discretionary Woodland Assessment Grant which will be available to support the management planning process where current knowledge of site features is poor. Both the Woodland Management Planning Grant and Woodland Assessment Grant are currently open to applicants.
The Woodland Improvement Grant (WIG) is available to fund capital works in woodlands that provide an increase in the quantity and quality of public benefits offered by the woodland. WIG will be administered through three funds:
Woodland biodiversity action plans
Woodland SSSI condition improvement
Replanting trees after felling is supported under a new transitional grant called Woodland Regeneration Grant. This is being made available under WGS until the new EWGS grant scheme is opened.
(WCG) will support the creation of new woodlands where they contribute to regional priorities for woodland creation as set out in the Regional Forest & Woodland Framework. As such applications for WCG will be accepted on a discretionary basis according to the level at which they will deliver targeted regional benefits.
Other sources of Grant Aid
Environmental Stewardship is a whole farm/estate plan that can include woodland and areas of scrub as well as wood pasture, hedgerows and in-field trees. There are two levels of Environmental Stewardship which are simply known as Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) and Higher Level Stewardship(HLS). The ELS scheme is compatible with the EWGS but woodlands within a EWGS will not be eligible for HLS.
English Nature administer a number of grants available to support biological conservation and the management of designated habitats.
Other help towards the costs of management is available in Hampshire through a variety of sources.
The Forest Friendly Farming Project is based in Lyndhurst and works within the New Forest. Its aim is to develop practical ways of supporting farming, commoning and woodland management in the New Forest. The project can provide funding to help towards the costs of woodland management, as well as relevant training, tools and equipment for those working within the project area. Contact Forest Friendly farming on 023 80 284144 , or use the link above.
In publicly owned woods or those managed with a high level of community involvement grant for woodland management works may be available from a range of other sources some of which are listed below:
Community Woodland Network Group Sustainability Grants The Woodland Trust offers grants to community woodland groups. Grants are available from between £500 and £2000 per group to promote sustainability of your woodland work