NEWS

Grants for woodland planting and restoration around HS2

Published February 20th, 2018

Landowners with land or woodland within 25 miles of HS2 can access grant funding to establish new woodland plantations or manage existing plantations and ancient woodlands.

The funding has been made available by HS2 and is being administered by the Forestry Commission to assist the creation of a green corridor of connected wildlife. This includes around seven million new trees and shrubs on phase one of the railway, from London to the West Midlands.

In addition to this main tree planting programme, a separate £5 million fund has been established to support the restoration of existing ancient woodland sites and the creation of new woodlands. The first £1 million of funding is being managed by the Forestry Commission on behalf of HS2 Ltd.

Funding is available for a range of capital items, paying 100 per cent of the associated standard cost, with a maintenance payment also available for woodland creation. £1 million of funding opened for applications in January 2018 and will close in April 2020, subject to remaining budget availability. There are no application windows.

The total payment per hectare for capital items is capped at £8,500 (gross) for native woodland creation and £4,000 (net) for ancient woodland restoration. In addition, for woodland creation, a 10-year maintenance payment is available, subject to eligibility, at £200 per hectare per annum. Land owned by state or local authorities is not eligible for maintenance payments.

Land planted as woodland under the HS2 Woodland Fund can also retain BPS payments subject to meeting eligibility requirements.

Capital items available include: tree planting, shelters, fencing, sheep netting rabbit netting, field gate, badger gate, stone wall netting, leak woody dams; invasive species control, squirrel management.

For further details contact your local office of Berrys or Robert Bloomfield at the Kettering office on 01536 532393 email Robert.bloomfield@berrys.uk.com or visit: https://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/beeh-aqgjm5

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More about Robert Bloomfield


MRICS
Chartered Surveyor
Tel: 01536 532393
Mobile: 07747 625716
robert.bloomfield@berrys.uk.com

Robert, who comes from a farming background joined Berrys having previously worked at Smiths Gore, Peterborough, as an asset and estate manager servicing large charitable clients.

On graduating from Harper Adams University College after studying Rural Enterprise and Land Management Robert trained with a local firm of agricultural surveyors in Market Harborough and became a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2009.

Robert specialises in estate management, farm agency, general rural professional matters and planning and is a RICS registered valuer.