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Woodland Assessment Grant

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Woodland Assessment Grant (WAG) contributes to cost of work to collect information that will help woodland manager decision making. Management information may relate to the potential impact on landscape, archaeology, ecology or local community. We will also support the production of deer management plans or tree measurement work related to continuous cover forestry.

The information may also be needed to justify whether an operation can commence and/or receive other grants.

Eligibility and how to apply

Before this grant can be offered, woodland owners will need to ensure that they have an approved application for Woodland Planning Grant (WPG) or have submitted an application for a felling licence or other grant.

For further details about eligibility, grant rates and how to apply, please refer to the EWGS3 WAG Guide and the EWGS1 General Guide.

Application forms and guidance

EWGS3 WAG Guide (86kb)
WAG applicant guidance 

EWGS3 WAG Application Form (57kb)
WAG application form

EWGS1 General Guide (155kb)
General guidance for EWGS

EWGS1 General Details Form (72kb)
General details application form

Additional sources of funding

In addition to EWGS, there are other funding sources:

  • Environmental Stewardship (managed by Natural England) provides grants for environmental management, including woodland. For further guidance, please see 
    Funding for Farm Woodlands in England (183kb).
  • Funding for social and economic investment in woodland will be available from Regional Development Agencies in due course, under Axis 1 & 3 of the Rural Development Plan for England (RDPE).

There are a variety of other funding sources available for woodland creation and management. The Royal Forestry Society has produced a guide called Grants for Trees that lists over 50 funding sources.

Alternative publications

If you need any of our publications in large print or in another language please contact The Diversity Team. Tel: 0131 314 6575, Email:

Last updated: 9th August 2016
English Woodland Grant Scheme

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You must register as a customer and then register your land before applying for an EWGS grant.

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