EWGS is now closed to any new applications. Documents listed on this webpage are for reference only (with respect to Woodfuel WIG).
Countryside Stewardship FY2 Woodland Infrastructure replaces Woodfuel WIG.
The ‘Average Civil Engineering Costs England’ Calculator and ‘Operations Note 25 –Road and Tracks’ are for use with Countryside Stewardship FY2.
This new grant supports the sustainable production of woodfuel and other timber products. Work will need to meet the UK Forestry Standard.
The grant offers 60% towards the cost of work, and doesn’t take account of the timber income that results. The main operations supported are as follows:
- Roads, tracks and other infrastructure to assist the extraction of timber from woodland. Support will be based on 3 quotes and grant paid on the production of receipted invoices.
- Woodland inventory and costs associated with managing harvesting contracts. Support for this work is based on standard costs.
Eligibility and how to apply
In order to be eligible for this grant, the woodland must have an approved management plan in place so we recommend owners apply for Woodland Planning Grant if one isn’t in place already.
You can apply online using our webforms service or by printing and completing the application form below.
For further information about eligibility, how to apply and available grant rates, please refer to EWGS5a Woodfuel WIG Guide and
EWGS1 General Guide. Alternatively, visit our team of experts exhibiting at events throughout the summer.
Forms for application are listed below. Standard costs, Woodfuel WIG calculators and other supporting documents are listed in the right hand column.
Application forms and guidance
EWGS5a Woodfuel WIG Guide (96kb)
Woodfuel WIG applicant guidance
EWGS5 WIG Application Form (63kb)
Form for application
EWGS5b - VAT Declaration Form (49kb)
Form which confirms the VAT status of an applicant. To be completed when submitting a Woodfuel WIG Roads application and returned with EWGS5 WIG Application Form
EWGS1 General Guide (75kb)
General EWGS guidance
EWGS1 General Details Form (72kb)
General details application form
EWGS8a - Woodfuel WIG (126kb)
Form for claiming grant payments
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.
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.
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