Woodland Grants and Mentoring Schemes

Whether you are planning to plant new woodland, want to start managing existing woodland or want to make better use of what your woodland provides, we can help you access grants, mentoring and felling licences.

 

Current schemes in Wales we can help you access

Welsh Government Woodland Creation Planning Scheme

Use us to access funding for Woodland Creation in Wales. You will need to registerer as a land owner with Rural Payments Wales. Through your RPW account, you can then appoint us as your agent to make an expression of interest to the Welsh Government. Your application will be scored based on the appropriateness of the site and the potential it has for delivering public goods, based on the Woodland Opportunities Map. If your are successful, we can write you a woodland creation plan that will be paid for by the Welsh Government and approved by Natural Resources Wales. You then have 5 years over which you can use your validated plan to apply for funding for your woodland creation work.

Woodland Trust

We are Woodland Trust agents for their MOREwoods planting scheme which is especially suited to smaller planting areas. MoreWoods provides a woodland creation plan, a contribution to material costs, organisation of plants and guards and includes an option to provide a contractor for planting and establishment work. Information and application form.

Farming Connect Mentoring

If you are registered with Farming Connect/Cyswllt Ffermio in Wales and are thinking of developing your woodland activities, why not apply for 15 hours free mentoring time with Ruth Pybus. She will be a listening ear to try out your ideas, share her experiences of related projects and point you towards other individuals and organisations to help you on your next exciting venture. If you are not already registered with Farming Connect, check whether you are eligible and apply online.

 

The Welsh Government funds various schemes to help private landowners pursue projects that meet government goals. Increasing the presence of trees in our landscapes and improving woodland management can help towards carbon emissions targets, provide more opportunities for biodiversity, manage water flow to alleviate flood risk and have a role in cleaning our air and water.

Please be aware that the sorts of schemes being offered and how they are funded is changing as policy formerly directed from Europe and paid using European funding is transformed into national policy following Brexit.

 

Other Schemes

This is not an exhaustive list, so if these don’t support your aspirations keep hunting! Let me know and I’ll add other schemes to this page.

Trainhugger

The Royal Forestry Society is working together with the Royal Scottish Forestry Society and the rail ticket booking service, Trainhugger to support tree planting. For every rail booking made on Trainhugger 50p will be donated to help member of the RFS and RSFS plant trees.

Regional Woodland Restoration Fund

Look out for 2022’s round of funding in England through the Forestry Commission Regional woodland restoration Innovation Fund – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).

The Tree Council

The Tree Council has grants for community and school tree planting projects.