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 - 31 March 2017)
- support the preparation of management plans (currently closed for new applications, application forms and guidance will be available on GOV.UK from week commencing 19 December, ready for the submission window which opens on 3 January 2017)
- 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.
Identify a funding opportunity
A number of funding opportunities are available to help farmers and land managers protect, expand and improve their woodlands.
Natural England will handle all initial Countryside Stewardship enquiries. You can contact Natural England by telephone (0300 060 3900) or email (email@example.com).
Once you have your initial information and if you have any queries, contact your local Woodland Officer.