Make sure you are prepared for the HS2
The Forestry Commission is very keen to encourage tree planting and already have a very good Woodland Creation Grant. Details can be found here. In addition to this, they have just launched the HS2 Woodland Fund. Initially, £1million has been allocated to support the restoration of existing plantations on ancient woodland sites (PAWS) and the creation of new native woodland. This is in addition to the main tree planting programme. This fund is open to landowners within 25 miles of the HS2 Phase One route from London to the West Midlands – take a look at the 25-mile buffer map to see if you fall into this zone.
The funding is due to open for applications in January 2018 and will close in April 2020, subject to remaining budget availability. There are no application windows. Funding of up to £8,500 per (gross) hectare is available for creating new woodlands, and up to £4,000 per (net) hectare of restocking is available for PAWS restoration, with additional payments for protection measures such as guards, fences and gates.
These figures are some of the highest grants that have ever been available.
At Nicholsons, we have over 30 years’ experience in helping clients obtain the best grants following sound advice and with best practice. We would be delighted to talk to anyone who might be interested in this and we are pleased to make our first visit free of charge. We offer the full service from advice and grant applications to contracting work including fencing, planting and maintenance.
Full details of the HS2 fund are available on the Forestry Commission website.
This is a very exciting opportunity that will help to alleviate some of the detrimental effects of the HS2 with screening and sound protection. Don’t miss the opportunity with the grants covering the majority of the costs.