New grants for woodland owners in Central Scotland

Farmers and landowners across Central Scotland are invited to find out how they could receive grants of up to £8,710 per hectare towards the costs of new woodland planting.

The Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014–2020 Forestry Grant Scheme supports the creation of new woodland and the sustainable management of existing woodlands through a range of grants.  Funding is also available for fencing, tree protection and maintenance of new planting which can also retain Basic Payment Scheme entitlements

The Forestry Grant Scheme includes a new Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Contribution, which means landowners in Central Scotland, Ayrshire and parts of Fife could be eligible for an additional initial payment of £2,500 or £750 per hectare on top of selected new woodland planting options.

Woodland creation and management can provide a range of benefits for farm land and businesses, including providing on-farm timber, improving shelter for livestock or bring undermanaged ground into production for longer-term incomes. 

Julie Paton, CSGN Woodland Creation Programme Manager, Forestry Commission Scotland said:

“All kinds of landowners can benefit from the Forestry Grant Scheme.  It provides a great deal of support for farm businesses, enabling landowners to create new woodland to support the existing business and improving their environment.

“Landowners should get in touch with us now to find out more about how woodland creation could benefit their business, find out more about the grants available and access support to apply and to implement activity on their land.”

The Scottish Government has a target to plant 100,000 hectares of new woodland between 2012 and 2022.  By locking up carbon as they grow, these new woodlands will help Scotland to achieve its ambitious climate change emissions reduction targets.  In addition, they will help to sustain farms and other rural businesses, produce new habitats for wildlife and produce timber for Scotland’s economy and energy needs.

For more information on the CSGN Contribution and the Forestry Grant Scheme visit the Scottish Government's website or contact Julie Paton at Forestry Commission Scotland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.