Forestry Commission England launches £1M Forestry Innovation Fund

Forestry Commission England’s new Woodland Creation Planning Grant (WCPG) contributes towards the costs of gathering and analysing the information land managers need to consider to ensure their proposals take account of any impacts on:

  • Forestry and the natural environment
  • Landscape
  • Water
  • The historic environment

The WCPG is part of the new £1 million Forestry Innovation Fund and will help land owners and managers to plan new woodland in England. This grant supports the sector’s ambition for more woodland, making it easier to create woodland spaces and secure funding from investors.

The Forestry Innovation Fund supports schemes that will promote the growth of the forestry industry and which have the support of Local Enterprise Partnerships.

The programme has an initial £200,000 allocation for this year, from Defra’s nationwide £1 million fund.

The money can be used for the gathering and analysis of key information and its application in the design and initial management of woodlands.

Land owners and managers of woodland in England will qualify for support.

Proposals will need to meet some basic criteria, being at least 30 hectares in area and showing potential to benefit the forestry sector in the long-term through the provision of timber or other wood products.

The closing date for applications is 15 February 2016.

See the Forestry Commission England website for more details.