Countryside Stewardship Higher Tier is open for applications
As of 15 January 2018, the Countryside Stewardship’s Higher Tier application window opened to new applications. This is a competitive grant and the highest scoring applications will have the best chance of succeeding.
This grant can provide support towards Woodland Improvement activities for a period of five years. Grant options include:
- Annual payments of £100/ha/year for five years, for enhancing woodland biodiversity e.g. management of rides and glades, conserving and creating deadwood, managing mammal pest species such as deer and grey squirrels.
- Numerous Capital Items available to support targeted improvements or to facilitate management; example items include deer high seats, monitoring exclosure plots, fencing, scrub management and clearance of rhododendron.
- 40% contribution towards actual costs for improving or creating infrastructure to, and within woodland e.g. haul and forwarder roads to facilitate felling operations in situations where access is poor or limited.
All requests for application packs have to be made to Natural England by 9 March 2018 and all applications submitted by 13 April 2018. The scheme criteria requires woodland to form part of an approved UKFS compliant Woodland Management Plan.
Countryside Stewardship Hedgerows and Boundaries Grant
This scheme also opened to new applications on 15 January 2018. It is a standalone Capital Grant aimed at restoring existing farm boundaries such as hedgerows and stone walls. The maximum grant for this round has been doubled from £5,000 to £10,000 and the deadline for applications is 30 April 2018. This is a competitive grant and the highest scoring applications will have the best chance of succeeding.
Capital items supported include stone face bank repairs and restoration, hedge laying, coppicing and gapping up and restoration of stone walls.
If you would like to discuss either of these grant opportunities, please contact our forestry team on 01536 408840.