Woodland Improvement Grant (WIG) funds capital investment in woodlands, over an agreed period to create, enhance and sustain an increase in the quantity and quality of public benefits delivered.
Types of WIG fund:
- Woodland Biodiversity Action Plan (including a specific measure for Red squirrels)
- Woodland Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) Condition Improvement
- Woodland Public Access
- Removal and disposal of Chalara infected ash (available to applicants with land grant aided by EWGS)
Regionally specific grants that have been developed to meet priorities identified in the Regional Forestry Frameworks.
Eligibility and how to apply
You can apply online using our webforms service or by printing and completing the application for below.
For more information about what is available in your region, please contact your local FC office.
Application forms and guidance
EWGS5 WIG Guide (672kb)
WIG applicant guidance
EWGS5 Guidance Addendum (117kb)
Addendum to applicant guidance: published July 2010
EWGS5 WIG Application Form (63kb)
WIG application form
EWGS1 General Details Form (72kb)
General details application form
Supplementary Notice of Operations in a SSSI (178kb)
For work in a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) only. Submit this form to us together with your grant application in order to apply for Natural England's consent for the work.
Operations Note 31 (81kb)
Plant Health Woodland Improvement Grant - Chalara Dieback of ash
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 aspects of economic and social investment for forestry purposes (e.g. machinery) is available via Defra http://rdpenetwork.defra.gov.uk/funding-sources
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.
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