approve the report, with or without modifications or reject it.
5: Open – once approval is received, preparations are made on the ground and the necessary legal paperwork is completed. The new public rights come into force and works are undertaken.
The plan should describe and address the planting scheme’s impacts through careful design. Land managers need to ensure their proposals take account of any impacts on forestry and the natural environment; landscape; water; and the historic environment.
The Standard Payment is £150 per hectare up to a maximum of £30,000. It covers the collection and analysis of all essential information to create an informed plan. Proposals need to meet some basic criteria, covering at least 30 hectares in area and showing potential to benefit the forestry sector in the long-term through the provision of timber or other wood products.
The one major obstacle for many people wanting to plan woodland is the large scale of the enterprise that the grant scheme demands. A plot of 30 hectares or more is a major visual impact on the landscape and an equally large financial commitment due to the potential diminution in capital value if land is removed from agriculture.
Further information, including details on eligibility and how to apply, can be found on Forestry Commission England’s website by clicking here.