This option is not open under 2014 transitional arrangements and has been closed to new applications since 1st October 2012.
The aim of this Option
To enhance biodiversity and encourage tree regeneration in native woodlands or on Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS) that are actively being restored to native woodland through controlled livestock grazing.
The aims of this option are to:
- Maintain or enhance the condition of native woodland habitat
- Maintain or increase the overall extent of priority woodland habitat where feasible and desirable
Rates of Support
These are Annually Recurrent Grants, the rates of which are shown on the Sustainable Management of Forests page.
- 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.
- This Option mainly applies to native woodlands although we will consider applications on PAWS sites that are actively being restored to native woodland, and in other non-native woodlands where woodland grazing would benefit priority species e.g. black grouse
- Priority will be given to management that will bring Sites of Special Scientific Interest and 'Natura' sites into 'favourable condition' and for UK Biodiversity Action Plan woodland habitats and species
- The woodland must be at least 5 hectares in size. There is no size threshold on sites designated as SSSI.
- You must have a Grazing Management Plan prepared with the help of the Woodland Grazing Toolbox.
- All your proposed management 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:
You may also be able to apply for grant for other capital items such as eradicating and removing vegetation, temporary fencing, water troughs, pumps and stock bridges. These are available under the Woodland Improvement Grant option.
Claims and Inspections
The grant for Woodland Grazing is an Annual Recurrent Grant and can be paid for up to 5 years. You must complete the Single Application Form (SAF) to claim this funding.
Read more about making your claim and the deadline dates
List of links to relevant technical guidance
Further technical guidance for Sustainable Management of Forests
Deer management plan
UK Forestry Standard - www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/fcfc001.pdf/$FILE/fcfc001.pdf
Joint Agency Fencing Guidance -