On Thursday 23rd July the Rural Payments Agency confirmed that they will be offering all Countryside Stewardship customers, whose agreements started between 1 April 2018 and 31 December 2019, an additional 12 months to complete and claim for any capital works that remain to be finished.
This includes the Woodland Creation, Woodland and Tree Health and Woodland Management Planning Grants.
The Forestry Commission would still encourage applicants to undertake and claim for work as soon as possible, and within the timescale of their agreements. However is this is not possible then the agreement holder/agent should raise this with the Rural Payments Agency as soon as possible through force majeure.
As always our Forestry Consultants are here to help, so should you wish to discuss your current agreements please do the team.