With the exception of Tree Health Grants, Countryside Stewardship is now closed to new applications for 2016.
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 16 February - 31 March 2016)
- support the preparation of management plans (open until 30 September 2016)
- address tree health issues (open year-round)
- improve existing woodlands (open 14 March - 31 May 2016)
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.