The HS2 Woodland Fund has reopened with grant funding available to support native woodland planting and restoration schemes within a ‘green corridor’ alongside the course of the HS2 railway in England.
The HS2 Woodland Fund initially opened on a ‘first come, first served’ basis in February 2018, with a budget of £1 million. There has now been a recent announcement of a further £4m available to be allocated to projects from March 2019 to March 2023.
Tilhill Forestry is able to provide a free expert advisory service for landowners located within 25 miles of the HS2 phase one line from London to Birmingham.
It can help you to:
- Qualify for the scheme and receive up to £8,500 per hectare for new woodland creation or 100% of standard costs (including tree guards, fencing and gates) for restoration works on planted Ancient Woodland sites.
- Generate additional income of £200 per hectare per year for 10 years from unproductive agricultural land.
- Continue to claim BPS on your land.
- Maximise grants and minimise costs.
- Forecast income and expenditure.
- Design your woodland to meet your needs, incorporating open space and access requirements.
- Select tree species appropriate for your land and priorities.
- Plant, protect and maintain your woodland.
- Claim your grants.
Simon Marrington, new business manager said: “This additional £4 million fund over four years is great news as it presents landowners with further opportunity to access enhanced grant rates (better than those available under Countryside Stewardship) for new woodland creation together with increased financial support for ancient woodland restoration.”
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