From today landowners can apply for grants to help create woodland on their property.
The grant scheme is open to all qualifying land managers. Successful applicants will receive a two-year capital grant of up to £6,800 per hectare, as well as an opportunity to apply for annual maintenance payments for ten years.
Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “Planting trees is one of the best ways we can invest in our environment for future generations. They provide a haven for wildlife, reduce flood risk and improve water quality – making them some of our most cherished assets.
“I have seen first-hand how planting trees can really make a difference at places such as the Lowther Estate in Cumbria, so I would urge landowners to apply to this scheme.”
Richard Greenhous, Forest Services Director for the Forestry Commission, said: “Aside from the environmental benefits, planting trees on your land can offer an alternative source of income. Your local Woodland Officer can provide advice and support throughout the application process.”
Alongside the Woodland Creation Grant, landowners can also apply for the EWoodland Creation Planning Grant to help with planning and proposals.
The Forestry Commission has appointed a new team of specialised woodland creation officers to assist landowners through the application process for large scale projects.