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Forestry Commission Grants Wales

In July 2006 the Forestry Commission Wales (FCW) launched the new Better Woodlands for Wales grant scheme. The objective of this new scheme is to achieve the objectives of the Welsh Assembly Woodland Strategy for Wales.

It is designed to encourage good management of woodlands based on long term Management Plans drawn up by professional foresters. To achieve this there is a grant that will contribute to the cost of writing the Management Plan, and then grants to carry out the management operations laid out in the plan. The plans must meet the minimum standards under the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme.

Specially trained and FCW approved management planners will help you decide exactly what work needs to be carried out in your woodland, and work out what steps you need to take.  If you wish to proceed, the management planner will prepare your management plan and submit your application online.

There is also a list of approved specialist assessors who can help with preparing the plan in particular areas such as Continuous Cover Forestry, Woodland Ecology, Deer Management, Social Forestry and Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS).

The level of grant aid you will get depends on your woodland and what it is you want to achieve. The grant rates are designed to provide support of between 25% and 75% of pre-calculated operational costs.

For example:

  • If you wanted to build a new road into you commercial conifer plantation to facilitate a thinning operation, you would very likely be eligible for grant assistance of 25% of a calculated cost*.
  • If you wanted to do work to restore an Ancient Woodland, you would very likely be eligible for grant assistance of 75% of the calculated cost *.

* Costs are calculated on a spreadsheet cost calculator that takes into account the various site conditions.

It is not practical to give a comprehensive breakdown of all the grants that are available. You would need to speak to us about individual cases for further information, or contact the Forestry Commission local Woodland Officer for your area.