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Make Your Broadleaf Woodland Profitable with Woodland Management Grants

woodland management grants

Money From Broadleaved Woodland

Assistance available for woodland management 

Demand for firewood and woodchip is very strong and prices have risen dramatically in the last 12 months. It is now profitable to bring broadleaf woodland back into management and there are grants and assistance to help you do so.

Many landowners will have neither the time nor the inclination to learn how the forestry industry and woodland grant systems work.

The first step is to develop a woodland management plan. This will assess the woodland and what needs to be done to maximize its potential. A Forestry Commission approved management plan will also be a prerequisite to obtaining any woodland grants under the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

The management plan is itself grant aided and is open to all woodlands over 3ha (it is possible to combine ownership to create the minimum area requirement). There is a minimum grant of £1000 available for the production of the plan, which provides felling permission and ensures that management is carried out to the UK Forest Standard.

Ward Forester CIC is a ‘not for profit’ woodland initiative funded by the Forestry Commission, Woodsure and other public organisations. They have been working with the Forestry Commission since 2010 and cover more than 3900 ha of woodland across the South West connecting woodland owners with forestry consultants and advising on operational details, including creating management plans underpinned with a sound financial forecast.

Ward Forester can now also offer landowners a ‘one stop shop’, i.e. preparing and processing grant applications, writing the management plan, obtaining felling permission, arranging for thinning and harvesting to take place and offering a guaranteed market for the timber.   

This service is essentially free to the landowner. The cost of preparing the management plan will be covered by the Forestry Commission grant. 

If you would like more information on any of the above or the new woodland grants and how they fit into the new Countryside Stewardship scheme, please contact [email protected] or call 01363 881395.
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