Wood you like a grant to grow more trees?

A new grant means landowners, farmers and foresters can apply for up to £6,800 per hectare to create new woodland on their property. The Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant is […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A new grant means landowners, farmers and foresters can apply for up to £6,800 per hectare to create new woodland on their property.

The Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant is open to all qualifying land managers – it aims to increase the amount of woodland in the UK, which offers a range of environmental benefits.

This includes acting as a carbon sink by absorbing emissions that would otherwise contribute to climate change.

Successful applicants will receive a two-year capital grant, as well as an opportunity to apply for annual maintenance payments for ten years.

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “Planting trees is one of the best ways we can invest in our environment for future generations.

“They provide a haven for wildlife, reduce flood risk and improve water quality – making them some of our most cherished assets.”