Annual claim deadline extended
Annual Farm Woodland claim submission has been extended to 15 June 2020, without penalty. This includes Farm Woodland Premium Scheme (FWPS) and Farm Woodland Payments (FWP). Claims not received by this new date will incur a 100% late claim penalty. Claims which are received by 15 June 2020 but are missing information have until 30 June 2020 to provide the information.
The same deadline extension also applies to Countryside Stewardship Revenue Schemes (e.g Higher-Tier and Mid-Tier). A 1% penalty (of the total payment for that claim year) will be applied for each working day that the claim is late.
Please liaise with our Forestry Team if you require any assistance with your claim submission.
Woodland creation grants remain open to new applications for Countryside Stewardship (up to £6,800/ha cap) and can be applied for all year round.
The HS2 Woodland Fund (up to £8,500/ha cap) for new native woodland within the 25mile buffer zone is open, with an application deadline of Friday 14 August 2020 for this current round.
Woodland Carbon Guarantee
A reminder that applications for the second Woodland Carbon Guarantee auction should be submitted by 5 June 2020, ready for the auction to take place from 8 – 19 June 2020.
Further information on this can be accessed here.
Woodland Carbon Fund
Landowners, land managers, local authorities and public bodies can apply to the Forestry Commission for support to plant large-scale productive woodland under the Woodland Carbon Fund.
The scheme offers capital funding for the creation of new productive woodland for carbon sequestration. This includes the planting of trees and costs of protection items including tree guards, fencing and gates. You can also obtain funding for the installation of forest roads and recreational infrastructure.
A one-off capital payment of £1,000/ha is available in year 5 following successful establishment.
Successful applications could receive £6,800 – £8,500/ha capped for 10ha+ schemes.
Applications can be submitted all year round, with the Forestry Commission aiming to respond within 3 months.
Woodland Management Planning Grant
This grant is for financial support to produce a woodland management plan that meets UK Forestry Standard requirements. Your plan must cover a minimum of 10 years.
This grant can be applied for all year round, with grants starting at £1,000.
Our Forestry Team have a strong knowledge of all of these grant packages and can provide landowners with advice and support on the preparation of their applications. Please contact our Forestry Consultants should you wish to discuss your grant requirements further.