The UK government has announced the launch of the Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant. Farmers and other land managers can apply for a 2-year capital grant of up to £6,800 per hectare to plant and protect young trees, and if eligible a supporting maintenance grant of £200 per hectare for up to 10 years.
Any land subject to a Woodland Creation agreement must not be used for any agricultural activity, including grazing, for a period of at least 5 years following the final capital payment or in receipt of maintenance payments for the period of those payments. Alongside the Woodland Creation Grant, landowners can also apply for the Woodland Creation Planning Grant to help with planning and proposals.
The closing date for applications is the 16th February 2018.