Inaccessible Woodland?

Anyone with under-managed or inaccessible woodland can take advantage of the Woodfuel Woodland Improvement Grant (WIG), designed to support the sustainable production of woodfuel and wider timber produce.

£10m will be available across England over the next two to three years to help woodland owners with the costs of harvesting timber. The focus will be on improving infrastructure by creating access roads and tracks or new loading and turning areas to increase vehicle access to the woodlands. Funds will also help towards costs associated with preparing for and managing harvesting contracts.

To be eligible for the grant, the woodland must have an approved Management Plan providing evidence of under-management, or of a barrier to sustainable harvesting, as well as an estimate of timber production. The level of grant support is based on 60% of costs, with a generous cap assessed against the proposed quantity of extracted timber.

Athole McKillop, Director of Land Factor, said: “There is no doubt that this new grant, part of the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS), could be a real boost to anyone with areas of underused and inaccessible woodland as it will give them the financial support often required to help harvest that wood and to sell it for fuel as well as supplying other traditional timber markets.

“However, as with any grant, there is a considerable amount of paperwork and this includes, in this instance, a Woodland Management Plan, if not already in place. We would urge anyone who feels they may want to take advantage of the grant and feels they are eligible, to get in touch with us so we can take them through every step of the application process.”

As well as managing a wide variety of forestry estates, from commercial conifer plantations to major traditional estates and small farm woodlands, Land Factor also offers advice to landowners across the North of England and South Scotland on a wide range of rural issues including wider renewable energy opportunities.

For further information about the Woodfuel WIG, the wider EWGS and the full range of services offered by Land Factor contact Athole McKillop athole.mc@landfactor.co.uk or call 01661 843 168.

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