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Deadline for Forest Creation Approaches

Wednesday, 1st March 2017

The deadline for applications to this year’s fund to plant trees in The National Forest is just over a month away. The National Forest Company’s Changing Landscapes Scheme is open now to anyone who may be interested in planting trees and creating other habitats on land extending over one hectare or more.

Planting trees can be an option for landowners on otherwise less productive land: the landowner can get an income both from thinning the trees to help the woodland develop and form a mature timber crop; trees can provide shelter for stock or for buildings; and screening can provide privacy and noise reduction.

One of the recent applicants to the Scheme, Richard Boulton, of Manor Farm, Tatenhill, said: “The new woodland has provided the farm with a new income stream, benefitted wildlife by providing new habitats that link together, and made the farm more sustainable from a business and environmental perspective. It was a good choice for me, my landholding and the future sustainability of the farm.” 

Simon West, Head of Forestry for the National Forest Company said: “The Changing Landscapes Scheme offers 100% of costs to landowners who want to plant trees, encourage wildlife and create other beautiful habitats within the landscape. By applying for one of these schemes, landowners have the opportunity to fund changes to their less productive land and also, to be part of the biggest landscape transformation in the country. Along with many partners, large and small, we’ve planted over eight and a half million trees in The National Forest, leading the way in showing how trees can transform the economy, the landscape and people’s lives.”

Simon continued: “Last season’s applications to our Changing Landscapes Scheme not only add around 8,700 trees to the Forest, but also bring a variety of habitats including parkland, wetland and meadow.  Landowners with smaller plots of land can get involved through our Freewoods and Parklands schemes.”

The National Forest Company’s range of grant schemes all offerup to 100% funding,and are open to all types oflandowners within the 200 square miles of the Forest:

  • Changing Landscapes Scheme, for land over one hectare. This pays 100% of costs and the current round opened on 2 January 2017 and will close 6 April 2017;
  • Parkland and Wood Pasture Scheme, for land between a quarter and five or more hectares. This is particularly suited to areas of grazing land, and is open to applications all year round;
  • Freewoods is for smaller areas of land, between a quarter and one hectare, and is open all year round.

See more at:  www.nationalforest.org/woodlands/woodlandcreation/ or contact Simon West on 01283 551211.

For landowners who have existing woodland on their land and who wish to know more about how to manage their woods, the NFC offers free advice on woodland management. Contact:  Charles Robinson, Woodland Management Officer on 01283 551211.