Case Study: Wicken Wood
Nicholsons’ Forestry team have recently undertaken management of Wicken Wood, located near Buckingham. Due to recent neglect, the woodland was overgrown and had been suffering from squirrel damage and, of course, Ash-Dieback. This video explains the work that Nicholsons are undertaking, and the benefits that it brings the woodland area.
Nicholsons are able to assist in identifying appropriate schemes that may be available to clients. We can undertake the whole grant application process, taking on the work necessary to obtain grant aid and subsequent compliance
This grant is available to owners of woodlands that are 3 hectares or greater in size, who do not already have a plan in place which meets the UK Forestry Standard. The grant provides a minimum payment of £1000 for a 3+ hectare scheme, with rates of £20 per hectare for larger schemes up to 100 hectares, and £10 thereafter. It supports the preparation of a UK Forestry Standard compliant plan, and once approved will provide 10 years of felling approvals as well as access to other eligible grant support.
Woodland Tree Health
A very specific grant to support owners restocking woodland areas if their site has been confirmed with Phytopthora ramoram on Larch or for Ash Dieback. Capital items such as tree planting, fencing and gates are all supported to secure the replanting of affected areas. Grant is paid on a schedule of rates similar to that used in Woodland Creation, though with a reduced maximum eligible rate per hectare.
HS2 Woodland Fund
The Forestry Commission is very keen to encourage tree planting and already have a very good Woodland Creation Grant. In addition to this HS2 Woodland Fund is an option to consider. To date, we have found it very useful to support the restoration of existing plantations on ancient woodland sites. The creation of new native woodland is a possible option to consider but unfortunately cannot apply where land to be planted is in any form of Stewardship Agreement at the time of application. The fund is open to landowners within 25 miles of the HS2 Phase One route from London to the West Midlands.
Woodland Creation Fund
Applications for this grant will be scored against new Government priorities for biodiversity (buffering and connecting woodland areas) and water (quality and flood alleviation). The grant appears to remain accessible to most, but owners need note that the likely minimum threshold for planting will be 3 hectares. In some circumstances, a minimum of 1 hectare would be acceptable.
The maximum level of grant support is £6800 per hectare, based payment made on a schedule of possible operations including fencing where appropriate. Successful applicants can also request a 10-year grant payment to support the maintenance of fencing, guards and plants. This is set at £200 per hectare per year.
It is possible to apply for grant aid towards woodland management operations using a grant administered by the Rural Payments Agency. The grant is targeted and only woodlands covered by a Woodland Management Plan can be considered for approval.
The requirements of the scheme are fairly onerous. As such we feel that the grant is generally inappropriate for woodland estates under say 100 hectares. Annual payments towards management operations are paid at the rate of £20 per hectare per year.
It is usual to that specific target requirements are met over the five year period a scheme runs including deer control, squirrel control, ride management, deadwood and thinning
How can our forestry team help?
Our expert forestry team offer a wide range of services and would be happy to discuss how they can best support you.