Forestry Grants

The Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) will support the creation of new woodlands and the sustainable management of existing woodlands with a range of grants available under the Scottish Rural Development Plan (SRDP) 2014-2020.

There are eight categories of grants; two for the creation of new woodlands and six for managing existing woodland. Within some of these categories, there are options which relate to specific types of project or work.

Woodland Creation

There are nine options in this category:

Links to technical help (on this website) for forestry options are at the bottom of this page.

Target Areas

Higher payments rates will apply to both initial planting and annual maintenance for Conifer, Diverse Conifer and Broadleaves options in the following target areas:

  • Areas identified as being 'Preferred' or 'Potential' (or equivalent) in the relevant Local Authority Woodland Strategy (or equivalent).
  • Areas identified by Cairngorms National Park Authority for woodland expansion.
  • Woodlands to be planted within one of the priority areas identified in the FCS-SEPA opportunity mapping projects as likely to provide multiple benefits for natural flood management and water quality - applies to Diverse Conifer, Broadleaves, Native Scots Pine, Native Upland Birch, Native Broadleaves, Native Low Density Broadleaves and Small or Farm Woodland options.

Large Scheme Area Threshold

For Conifer, Native Scots Pine and Native Broadleaves options, there is an area threshold of 300 hectares per option, above which the payment rates will be reduced for the area above the threshold. The reduced rate will only apply to the initial planting and maintenance payments.

Central Scotland Green Network Contribution

Within the CSGN area a contribution will be available in recognition of additional costs for establishment. To be eligible for this contribution at least 50% of the eligible option(s) must be within the CSGN area and supporting the local authority woodland strategy objectives for woodland expansion. This contribution is subject to an area cap of 40 hectares per application.

Agroforestry

The Agroforestry option provides grant support to help create small scale woodlands within sheep grazing pasture.

Woodland Improvement Grants (WIG)

There are five options in the Woodland Improvement Grant category to help support forest management and activity to enhance the environment and the public’s enjoyment of existing woodlands:

Sustainable Management of Forests (SMF)

There are nine options in the Sustainable Management of Forests category to help support the management of existing forests and woodlands with a high environmental value:

Tree Health

The Tree Health category supports the protection of woodland from the impacts of non-routine tree pests or diseases.

Harvesting and Processing

The Harvesting and Processing grant will support the development of the small-scale premium softwood and hardwood processing sector. Funding can provide support for equipment to increase harvesting in small, undermanaged woods.

This grant will not be available until 2016.

Forest Infrastructure

The Forest Infrastructure grant will support forest access in small-scale or undermanaged woodlands.

This grant will not be available until 2016.

Forestry Co-operation

The Forestry Co-operation grant will support key ‘landscape scale’ projects involving a number of landowners.

This grant will not be available until 2016.

Technical help

From time to time we publish more detailed advice about certain aspects of the Forestry Grant Scheme. You may find this information helpful if you are thinking about making an application for a grant under the Scheme.

The documents are listed on separate pages by the forestry option to which they relate