2017-01-27   facebooktwitterrss

Woodland Grants Available Now

For landowners considering planting new woodlands in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, now is the perfect time to apply to the Forestry Commission.

The window to apply for grants has recently opened and closes on 1 March. This will be the only application window this year.

Great Gill West Scrafton

Great Gill West Scrafton

Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) Senior Trees & Woodland Officer, Geoff Garrett said:
"We are looking for landowners to come forward with proposals for new woodland so we can help them make an application to the Forestry Commission on time, before 1 March.

“At the moment there is a unique opportunity to combine the grants available from the Forestry Commission, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and ourselves at the National Park Authority, to effectively get all of the costs covered. Annual maintenance grants are also available for 10 years after planting and there are also opportunities to gain carbon credits on the new planting.

“The National Park Authority Trees and Woodland Team will be pleased to do the work required, free of charge, to put the applications together and find the necessary contractors.

“We are very keen that landowners take maximum possible advantage of the financial support available to create new woodland in the National Park. Part of the shared vision of the National Park Management Plan is to make the Park resilient and responsive to the impacts of climate change and as part of that we have a goal to support farmers and landowners to create at least 400 hectares of new native woodland by 2020. New woodland will strengthen wildlife habitat networks, increase carbon storage and help to reduce flooding. And woodland looks great too, adding to the scenic beauty of the Park.”

Richard Pow, Forestry Commission Partnerships and Expertise Manager, said:
“We warmly welcome the work of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority in helping and encouraging farmers and landowners to create new woodlands in the National Park. These will help to deliver against the Government’s target of planting 11 million trees this parliament.”


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