Forestry Grants

SRDP Forestry Transitional Arrangements

The current SRDP closed on 31st December 2013 with the new SRDP 2014-2020 Programme expected to open late 2014 or early 2015.  The EU has agreed changes to the RDR Transitional Regulations that will allow us to accept and approve new contracts during 2014 for a limited number of forestry options. . 

Briefing Note 9 (PDF 250KB) gives full details about the transitional arrangements including the options open to new applications during 2014.

The availability of the FCS Planning Grant has been extended and you can now apply for this grant to help prepare applications for all Woodland Creation options open to new applications during the 2014 transitional arrangements

Use the links below to get details of individual options including eligibility criteria and the grant rates available. These pages are hosted on the Scottish Government website

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

Woodland Creation

Creating new woodlands by planting or natural regeneration using any of eight planting models:

Changes to encourage more planting of productive woodland creation models

To encourage more productive woodland planting the following rules apply to the Native Woodland and Central Scotland Mixed Woodland options:

  • Area of Farmland Premium that can be claimed with the Native Woodland option capped at 50 hectares per proposal;
  • Area of Central Scotland Mixed Woodland option that you can apply for within a single proposal limited to a range of between 20 to 45 hectares.  The upper limit requires a proportion of the productive woodland creation models to be included within the proposal

Clearing process

We are continuing with the monthly clearing process details of which were given in Briefing Note 6 (PDF 44KB). Conservancy staff will continue to approve applications for options open during 2014 on an ongoing basis where the total value of the application is less than £20k. Conservancy staff will refer any applications with a value of £20k or greater to FCS National Office for a funding decision.

Sustainable Management of Forests

All Sustainable Management of Forests options are closed to new applications during the 2014 transitional arrangements.

Woodland Improvement

RP22701 Woodland Improvement Grant - long term forest planning

  • For preparing a 10-20 year plan of the management of woodlands on a property.
  • This grant is open to new applications during 2014 and is subject to an "on-going approval process".

RP22702 Woodland Improvement Grant - reducing deer impact

  • This option is not open to new applications during 2014.

RP22703 Woodland Improvement Grant - woodland habitats and species

  • Preparing a management plan and carrying out work that will benefit habitats or species that are a priority under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
  • This option is open the new applications during the 2014 transitional arrangements provided that the woodland activites take place to bring designated site SSSIs into favourable condition.

RP22704 Woodland Improvement Grant - restructuring regeneration

  • For even-aged woodland areas that are to be restructured through tree felling and re-planting.
  • This grant is open to new applications during the 2014 transitional arrangements.

RP22705 Woodland Improvement Grant - non-woodland habitats

  • Preparing a management plan and carrying out work that will benefit priority habitats under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
  • This option is open the new applications during the 2014 transitional arrangements provided that the woodland activities take place to bring designated site SSSIs into favourable condition.

Other forestry related grants

Improving the Economic Value of Forests Option

  • This option is not open to new applications during 2014

Short Rotation Coppice crops of Willow or Poplar

  • This option is not open to new applications during 2014

Technical help

From time to time we publish more detailed advice about certain aspects of Forestry Options. This information may be very helpful to you when you are considering making an application for grant aid. The documents are listed on separate pages by the forestry option to which they relate