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English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS)

The English Woodland Grant Scheme is the Forestry Commission’s grant scheme. It supports the establishment of new woodlands and the management of existing woodlands. The following grants are available through the scheme:

  • Woodland planning grant; preparation of plans that both assist with management of the woodland and meet the UK Woodland Assurance Standard
  • Woodland assessment grant; gathering detailed and specialist information to improve management decisions
  • Woodland regeneration grant; supporting desirable change in woodland composition through natural regeneration and restocking after felling
  • Woodland creation grant; encouraging the creation of new woodlands where they deliver the greatest public benefits, including annual Farm Woodland Payments to compensate for agricultural income forgone
  • Woodland management grant; contribution to additional costs of providing and sustaining higher quality public benefits from existing woodlands
  • Woodland improvement grant; work in woodlands to create, enhance and sustain public benefits.

The new grant scheme was launched in July, 2005. For full details of grant rates, application forms and deadlines, visit the Forestry Commission website

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