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grants for planting

Postby Brown » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:47 am

Hi,
I'm in the process of thinning a young birch woodland and wood like to introduce some more tree stock. Can I get a grant for this. When I've looked into it before there seems to be an awful lot of hoop jumping in order to qualify. I just wanted to know if there is a more straight forward way of applying. Any ideas welcome.

Many thanks
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Re: grants for planting

Postby Brown » Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:11 pm

I know where you're coming from. I think I'd rather did a little deeper in my own pocket and be in control of the situation. Saves having to wait for the wheels of bureaucracy to grind in to motion. I seem to remember phoning the FC or similar some years back and they advised me to pay for a management plan for which I may be re-imbursed at a later date and then I may be able to get a grant. Too many maybes and ifs for my liking. I just thought some one may know a nifty short-cut. Appreciate the comments and especially the cynicism.
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Re: grants for planting

Postby Andy M » Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:54 pm

I understand that if you have a management plan approved by the FC, then, during its lifetime, you don't have to apply for permission to fell in excess of your normal quarterly allowance of 5 cu metres ( http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-6dfkw6 ). This may be an advantage to some, but in my 4 acres I prefer the independence and have not needed to exceed 5 cu m (and who would know?)
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Re: grants for planting

Postby docsquid » Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:10 pm

I would say it depends how much planting you are planning to do, but getting in touch with the Forestry Commission local officer is a good thing, whether or not you decide in the end to go for grants.

You don't need to pay somebody to write a plan for you - you can write it yourself. They will NOT tell you what to do, although they will point out elements of good practice. You can set the overall objectives of your plan - ours is for wildlife and use by community groups - they won't insist on your producing timber from the wood. The Sylva Foundation have a really neat tool for producing a woodland management plan on their MyForest web site, including inventory, mapping and planning tools.

You WILL need to stick to the plan, but there are big advantages to having a plan - including the exemption from the felling limit and over-riding of existing tree protection orders - plus lots of advice and help if you want it.

We did not have a planting grant for planting to improve diversity within our existing 11 acre woodland, but when we bought 9 acres next to it, and wanted to plant it with woodland to link to another small piece of woodland, and a nature reserve owned by the Council/Wildlife Trust, then we had little choice, as we needed to plant about 5500 trees and couldn't afford that.

Talking to the FC officer doesn't oblige you to apply for a grant, but at least you can find out what help might be available. They are VERY keen to see good management of woodlands, and this can include leaving sections, or even the whole woodland alone, right up to commercial forestry. It is up to you. You lose nothing by asking.
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