Legacy SFGS Forest Plans: claims and amendments

Forest Plans under the Scottish Forestry Grants Scheme (SFGS) closed to new applications in December 2005. Unapproved plans had to be approved by 31 December 2006.

How to get approval for your restocking

You must get approval from the local conservancy office before you carry out any restocking. You must tell us when you intend to restock, the area and the species involved.

Rates and how we will pay for restocking grant claims

You can claim for restocking associated with your SFGS Forest Plan at the restructuring rates agreed for Rural Development Contracts as shown below.

Restructuring speciesRate per hectare
Sitka £520
Other conifers £654
Mixed broadleaves £820
Native broadleaves £905
Caledonian Scots Pine £833
Natural regeneration £520

Please note that since October 2008 if you wish to claim you must be IACS registered. To claim a restocking grant, use Form FP4: claim for a restocking grant (PDF 91k).

Claims for the above payment rates can only be made on completion of restocking.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with your local conservancy office.

Last date for claiming SFGS restocking grants

Claims for restocking in claim years 2013 & 2014: We must receive your claims, for the restocking areas and species breakdown we already approved, by 30th November 2014 to allow us to process these before the end of the 2014 claim year.

Claims for restocking in claim year 2015: We must receive your claims, for the restocking areas and species breakdown we already approved, by 30th November 2015 to allow us to process these before the end of the 2015 claim year.

We cannot accept any claims for the "dual grant" after 30th November 2015. (The "dual grant" payment amount is the equivalent of the Sustainable Management of Forests restructuring felling grant plus the Woodland Improvement Grant restructuring regeneration grant)

Restocking in 2016 (or beyond): If you have not informed us of your restocking proposals by December 2014 and, therefore, will not be restocking until late 2015 , 2016 or beyond, then you can only receive the payment available under the new Rural Development Regulations and will need to apply accordingly. You will be eligible to apply under the new SRDP but you must apply as soon as the scheme becomes available. If you fail to apply immediately, then please remember that we cannot pay retrospective grants on areas that had already been restocked.

Making contract amendments or transferring obligations

Amending an existing Forest Plan contract

To make an amendment to an existing Forest Plan contract, use Form FP5: Amendment form (PDF 81k).

Transferring obligations

If you decide to sell any part of your property which has a Forest Plan contract on it, the sale will terminate the authority Forestry Commission Scotland gave you to carry out work under this contract. You can transfer your obligations under the contract, including grant repayment, to the new owner, provided the new owner agrees to sign.
Use Form WGS 9 - Agreement to transfer obligations (PDF 59k).