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Woodland Improvement Grant

Option closed to new applications


In 2014, only certain elements of Woodland Improvement Grant are open.


Please see FCS Briefing Note 9 about Transitional arrangements during 2014

Five Woodland Improvement Grant Rural Priority options provide support for operations that will improve existing woodlands especially for habitats and species that are priorities under the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy and the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
 

Technical Support

More technical guidance, including advice about the stocking density and required height to qualify for grant payment, how to develop woodland habitat networks, defining local provenance for planting stock etc is available on the Forestry Commission Scotland website Technical Support page.
 

The Options

RP22701 Woodland Improvement Grant - Long Term Forest Planning - For preparing a 10-20 year plan of the management of woodlands on a property. This options is open to new applications during 2014.

RP22702 Woodland Improvement Grant - Reducing Deer Impact - Managing the impact of deer with a Deer Management Plan. Closed from 1st October 2012.

RP22703 Woodland Improvement Grant - Woodland habitats and species - Preparing a management plan and carrying out work that will benefit habitats or species that are a priority under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. This option is open to new applications during 2014 but only for work on designated sites that bring SSSIs into favourable condition.

RP22704 Woodland Improvement Grant - Restructuring Regeneration - For even-aged woodland areas that are to be restructured through tree felling and re-planting. This Option is open to new applications during 2014.

RP22705 Woodland Improvement Grant - Non-woodland habitats - Preparing a management plan and carrying out work that will benefit priority habitats under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. This option is open to new applications during 2014 but only for work on designated sites that bring SSSIs into favourable condition.

 

Rates of support

Option

Capital Cost Payment Rates

RP22701 Long Term Forest Planning

£20/ha for first 200 ha

£5/ha thereafter

Minimum payment is £400

Maximum payment £15,000

RP22702 Reducing Deer Impact

£30 per hectare

RP22703 Woodland Habitats and Species

There is a list of eligible operations and payment rates for Standard Cost Capital items on the Guidance page for this Option.

Actual Cost Capital items are also available in certain designated site specific circumstances.

RP22704 Restructuring Regeneration

Restructuring with mixed broadleaves = £300 /ha

Restructuring with native mixed broadleaves = £385/ha

Restructuring with Caledonian Scots Pine = £385/ha

Restructuring with diverse conifers = £134/ha

RP22705 Non-Woodland Habitats

There is a list of eligible operations and payment rates for Standard Cost Capital items on the Guidance page for this Option.

Actual Cost Capital items are also available in certain designated site specific circumstances.