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Countryside Stewardship

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.

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: 4th October 2016

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Find guidance and application forms

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Use this claim form for a CS grant

Woodland creation

This grant opened for business on Tuesday 16 February 2016.

Forestry Commission held a webinar for applicants to guide them through the application process:

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Woodland improvement

This grant opened for business via the Higher Tier on Monday 14 March 2016.

Forestry Commission held webinars for customers to provide more informaiton about Woodland improvement via Higher Tier.

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