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Countryside Stewardship

Countryside Stewardship is a Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) grant scheme. It will contribute around £900 million over six years to help farmers and woodland managers look after the environment.

Woodland is one of the scheme’s priorities and funding is available to:

  • create new woodland (open 3 January 2017 - 1 March 2017)
  • support the preparation of management plans (application forms and guidance are available on GOV.UK , the submission window is open year round)
  • address tree health issues (open year-round)
  • improve existing woodlands (currently closed to new applications)

Countryside Stewardship is competitive and applications will be scored against local priority targets to maximise environmental benefit.

If you would like to talk to a woodland officer or get some more information about Countryside Stewardship 2017 there are a number of events happening across the country. For details including how to book a place please see our Countryside Stewardship Area Events page

Identify a funding opportunity

A number of funding opportunities are available to help farmers and land managers protect, expand and improve their woodlands.

View what funding is available and when.

Further information

Natural England will handle all initial Countryside Stewardship enquiries. You can contact Natural England by telephone (0300 060 3900) or email (

Once you have your initial information and if you have any queries, contact your local Woodland Officer.

Find out about the benefits of managed woodland

Last updated: 15th February 2017

What's of interest

Find guidance and application forms

Go to GOV.UK to read more

Use this claim form for a CS grant

Woodland creation

This grant is open for business from 3 January 2017 to 1 March 2017.

Forestry Commission held a webinar for customers on 20 December 2016, to talk through the Countryside Stewardship 2017 Capital Grants. A recording of which is now available.   


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