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A Costed Model Scheme

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Guidelines on the costs involved in creating and managing a typical National Forest woodland planting scheme are set out below. Various elements that can be included in a scheme are listed. These can be selected, as appropriate, to provide an indication of the total cost of the scheme in both capital and maintenance terms.

The information has been compiled from National Forest Changing Landscape Scheme costs across the Forest area. Individual costs are, however, likely to fluctuate, up and down, and as such should be treated as a guide rather than absolute figures. These indicative costs are current for 2012 and will be regularly updated.

Capital / Establishment Costs

Unit

Price £

Tree Planting (e.g. 2250 trees/ha)

 

 

Broadleaves with 0.6m tree guards, stake and labour

hectare

4,725

 

 

 

Fencing (if required)

 

 

Rabbit fencing (to protect new planting)

metre

5.90

Post and rail fencing (to site boundaries)

metre

15

Stock fencing (to site boundaries)

metre

4.50

 

 

 

Pond excavation

 

 

Machine and driver

square metre

5

 

 

 

Formal footpaths

 

 

Stone base, top dusted with light gravel

metre

30

 

 

 

Access features

 

 

Stiles

each

125

Gates (metal 5 bar)

each

290

Kissing gates

each

300

Benches (with backrest)

each

275

Car parks (stone surfaced)

square metre

20

 

 

 

Wildflower seeding

 

 

Ground preparation (ripping)

hectare

125

Wildflower seeding

hectare

<1000

 

 

 

Hedgerow planting

 

 

Planting @ 5 plants/metre

metre

5

 

 

 

Interpretation/Community Involvement

 

 

Interpretation boards

each

1,200

Site information leaflet

each

500

Community planting event

each

500

 

 

 

Maintenance / Revenue Costs

 

 

 

 

 

Tree management

 

 

Replacement planting and weed control by spraying for 5 years

hectare

1500

Management costs for 10 years (e.g. insurance; management of contractors; checking works have been undertaken; claiming / managing grants)

hectare

up to 1000

 

 

 

Existing Woodland management

 

 

Management of existing woodland (average estimate)

per man day

125-150

 

 

 

Meadow management

 

 

Mowing grassland (2 cuts per year for 10 years)

hectare

<2,500

 

 

 

Hedgerow management

 

 

Gapping up / general maintenance

100 metre

10

Hedge laying

metre

7.50

Hedge coppicing

metre

7.50

 

 

 

Footpaths

 

 

Path Strimming (3m wide)

metre

0.23

 

 

 

Agricultural Land Costs

 

 

 

 

 

Land purchase for woodland creation (indicative)

 

 

Arable land

hectare

18,500

Pasture land

hectare

14,500

 

 

 

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Philip Metcalfe, Green Infrastructure and Planning Officer


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Derbyshire
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United Kingdom


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