The Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant is a standalone capital grant offering funding to farmers and other land managers in England to plant and protect young trees.

The grant provides a one-off payment towards the cost of supplying and planting trees and associated items needed to create new woodland. This is undertaken through a two-year works programme.

The maximum available grant per hectare for a given woodland creation application is £6,800 for capital items covering both planting and protection. This cap will be calculated as an average across the area of the application. Subject to eligibility, a supporting maintenance grant of £200 per hectare for 10 years may also be available.

Applicants can select from a range of capital items as part of their woodland creation grant. These apply to one-off payments towards the cost of certain items or activities, eg planting trees or erecting new fencing and each offer different payment rates.

The full list of capital items available for use in woodland creation is below:

  • Tree planting
  • Individual tree shelter
  • Fencing
  • Sheep netting
  • Rabbit fencing supplement
  • Fencing supplement - difficult site
  • Deer fencing
  • Wooden field gate or wooden wings
  • Badger gate
  • Water gates
  • Large woody dam 1-3m
  • Large woody dam 3-5m

Land managers, owners, leaseholders and tenants in England can apply for these grants, as long as the land parcels in their application are under their full control for the length of the agreement period.

Grants under the scheme are open to the following persons or bodies:

  • Partnerships
  • Tenants
  • Landlords
  • Land owned by public bodies
  • Businesses receiving other funding or managing the land under other agreements

The scheme is open for applications until 1 March 2017.

For full details and how to apply go here