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Woodland Improvement Grant – Woodland Habitats and Species

This option remains open to any new applications for woodland activities that will bring designated site SSSIs into favourable condition.  

Please see FCS Briefing Note 9 about Transitional arrangements during 2014.
 

The aim of this Option

This Option aims to provide support for operations that will benefit specific habitats or species that are a priority under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
 

Rates of Support

There are two Capital grants. Both are paid upon satisfactory completion of the proposed activities.

  • Standard Cost Capital Items. There is a set list of eligible items.
  • Actual Cost Capital Items - in certain designated site circumstances, actual costs can be applied for.
     

Eligibility criteria

  • You must own or lease the land
  • If you are a tenant or contractual licensee, you must discuss the proposed application with your landlord to make sure it does not break the conditions of your tenancy or licence, and submit a Landlord Notification Form with your Proposal.
  • If you have a tenancy or a licence with less than five years to run you must complete a Landlord Declaration form and ask your Landlord or the landowner to sign the declaration on that form.
  • You must provide a Management Plan that sets out the aims and the rationale for proposed operations and how the proposals will benefit priority habitats under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
  • For work in Native Woodlands you must provide a Management Plan that sets out the aims and the rationale for proposed operations. You must also give a brief summary that describes the current condition of the woodland, and then specifically how the following key attributes of the woodland will change:
  1. Stand structure
  2. Regeneration
  3. Herbivore impact
  4. Species composition
  5. Threats and risks
  • Any operations under this option must be additional to any that might be receiving grant support through Sustainable Management of Forests options
  • If you are to carry out work in a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), your proposals must accord with objectives set out in the site management statement which must be supplied as a support to your proposal.
  • All of your proposed work must comply with the UK Forestry Standard.
     

Details you need to provide with your Proposal

Before your Proposal reaches the "Proposal Commit" stage you must provide:

  • A Management Plan
  • A map showing the boundary of the area within which you will be carrying out the work. To ensure you mark your map correctly, please use the Mapping Guidance
  • A Forestry Outcome Plan. The Forestry Outcome Plan will ask for certain information so that we can assess your proposal. This will ask you to describe the current condition of certain key attributes of the woodland and how they will be changed
     

Grants

1. Standard Cost Capital items: List of eligible operations and payment rates

This option is open only to new applications during the 2014 transitional arrangements provided that the work is to take place on a designated site that will bring SSSIs into favourable condition.

You must carry out the work to a minimum standard. Click on the link in the table below to see the specification for that minimum standard. You must ensure that the completed work is maintained and is functional during the period of your contract.

Operations marked with an * are only available if you are applying for the option Sustainable Management of Forests - Woodland Grazing (RP22501F)

Eligible Operation

Payment Rate

Badger gate installed in fence-lines which are cutting across an established badger run

£110/each

Building/restoring drystone or flagstone dykes

£17.50/square metre

Chipping/mulching of tree debris and brash

£500/hectare

Conversion of deer fence to stock fence (in Black Grouse and Capercaillie core areas)

£2/metre

Dead wood management

£40/hectare

Deer fence

£7.25/metre

Enhancing/modifying a deer fence (in Black Grouse and Capercaillie core areas)

£5/metre

Enhancing/modifying a stock fence (in Black Grouse and Capercaillie core areas)

£2/metre

Eradication of scrub/woody vegetation:

Light vegetation

£600/hectare

Eradication of scrub/woody vegetation:

Intermediate vegetation

£850/ hectare

Eradication of scrub/woody vegetation:

Heavy vegetation

£1250/hectare

Fence removal

£2/metre

Foliar or Stem Injection Eradication of Rhododendron

£1,500/hectare of infested land

Gate for deer fence

£170/each

Gate for stock fence

£100/each

Installation of water supply pipe to water trough or pasture pump*

£3 per metre of pipe laid

Kissing gate/self-closing gate for non-vehicular access

£350/each

Manual Eradication of Rhododendron - Light

£4,500/hectare of infested land

Manual Eradication of Rhododendron - Medium

£6,100/hectare of infested land

Manual Eradication of Rhododendron - Difficult

£9,500/hectare of infested land

Mechanised Eradication of Rhododendron - Light

£1,800/hectare of infested land

Mechanised Eradication of Rhododendron - Medium

£2,400/hectare of infested land

Mechanised Eradication of Rhododendron - Difficult

£2,900/hectare of infested land

Peat dam*

£0.26 per metre of moor grip to be blocked with peat dams. Minimum payment £300.

Primary treatment of bracken

£200/ hectare of infested land

Provision of bat and bird boxes

£15/box

Provision of water trough to replace traditional watering points*

£195 each

Rabbit proofing of existing or new stock/deer fence

£1.90/metre

Removal from site of the cut shrub/woody vegetation:

light vegetation

£500/hectare

Removal from site of the cut shrub/woody vegetation:

intermediate vegetation

£1050/hectare

Removal from site of the cut shrub/woody vegetation:

heavy vegetation

£1450/hectare

Removal of tree crop to waste 3m-6m high

£1,100/hectare

Respace natural regeneration

£600/hectare

Scare or temporary fencing

£1.50/ metre

Small-scale tree and shrub planting (on a site not exceeding 0.25 hectares)

£2/tree or shrub

Stile

£55/each

Stock bridge for bog management*:

Small bridge

£170

Stock bridge for bog management*:

Large bridge

£620

Stock fence

£4/metre

Upgrading stock to deer fence

£2.75/metre

Water trough pump*: cattle-operated

pasture or nose pump

£180 per installed pump

Woodland clearance - felling and extraction

£1375/hectare

Woodland clearance - felling to waste

£975/hectare

Woodland thinning - WIG

£520/ha
 

2. Actual Cost Capital Items

This option is open only to new applications during the 2014 transitional arrangements provided that the work is to take place on a designated site that will bring SSSIs into favourable condition.

In addition to the capital items, financial support of 100% of eligible actual costs is available as follows:

  • Work within SSSI's or Natura sites

You can claim for work carried out on these sites that is designed to bring the special features that they contain into favourable condition. More details about eligible work and rules for claiming

3. Claiming Actual Costs

If you wish to claim Actual Costs, you must supply all the supporting information and quotes required as detailed in 'Quotes & estimates'

Any 'Actual Costs' that you submit must be for activities or items that are directly related to the work to be carried out as explained in your Management Plan.

4. Net costs and Actual Costs

You must take account of any income from activities or operations for which you are claiming 'Actual Costs' when calculating the value to enter into the 'Actual Cost' capital item table.

5. How to enter details of quotes higher than the Standard Cost rate

If you wish to carry out work that is already listed in the Standard Cost capital items but at a higher rate, based upon your quotes, then don't select the capital item from the 'Standard Cost' list of capital items. Instead, enter the item name into the 'Actual Cost' capital item table along with the actual cost.

6. Activities or items not in the 'Standard Cost capital items list

You must be able to justify that activities or items not in the 'Standard Cost' capital items list meet the eligibility criteria of the chosen Regional Priority, Package and Option, and that they will result in appropriate outcomes for this WIG option. Enter the item name into the 'Actual Cost' capital item table along with the actual cost.
 

Claims and Inspections

Once you have completed the works to the desired specification, then you should submit a capital claim.

You cannot make a claim for an area or quantity that exceeds those agreed in your contract. You must claim as detailed in your Schedule of Works, e.g. you cannot make an interim claim for part of the area shown on a single line of your Schedule of Works

For details of the procedure for submitting claims and for details of the supporting information you should submit along with your claim please see the overview for Standard Cost and Actual cost Capital Payments

We will inspect the completed work to ensure that this meets the agreed management plan and the specification of agreed operations.
 

List of links to relevant technical guidance

The UK Forestry Standard

Deer Commission for Scotland Best Practice Guidance

Joint Agency Fencing Guidance

FCS Guidance 'Management Plans for Semi-Natural Woodlands'

FCS Guidance 'Deer Impact Reduction'

FCS Guidance 'Long Term Forest Planning'

FC Forest Practice Guide ' Restoration of Native Woodland on Ancient Woodland Sites'

FC Forest Practice Guides to the Management of Semi- Natural Woodlands

Species Action Notes for Capercaillie, Black Grouse and Red Squirrel

Habitat management for Black Grouse

Habitat management for Capercaillie