The Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) supports the creation of new woodland that will provide economic, environmental and social benefits.
Payment rates for five of the nine grant support options for woodland creation are shown in the table below. Higher rates of payment are available for eligible schemes within the following locations:
- Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN);
- Cairngorms National Park Woodland Expansion Target Area;
- Highland Native Woodland Target Area;
- Woodlands for Water Target Areas;
- Preferred and potential areas of local authority Forest and Woodland Strategies.
|Woodland Creation option||Total Payment rate per hectare|
|For intial planting and annual maintenance for 5 years|
|Standard Areas||Target Areas|
|Diverse Conifer *||£3840||£4320|
|Native Scots Pine||£3200||£3600|
|Native Broadleaves in Northern and Western Isles||£6720||N/A|
Central Scotland Green Network additional capital payment contribution
Within the CSGN Contribution Area additional funding is available to Woodland Creation schemes.
|Outer Core Area||£1500/ha|
|Fringe Area||Fringe Area|
Capital Items Payment Rates
In addition to the initial planting grant, there is support for capital items that may be required to successfully establish new woodland.
|Rabbit-proofing of fence||£1.60/m|
|Tree shelters (1.2 to 1.8m)||£2.00 each|
|Gorse removal||£720/net ha|
If you need more advice on farm woodlands or any other topic, the Farm Advisory Service has a range of support and help available.
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This article has been published in the Autumn2020 edition of the Farm Woodland News. Download a copy to access all articles. Subscribe to receive newly published editions via email by using the form here.
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