PurposeWoodland Planning Grant (WPG) contributes to the cost of producing a management plan, which is the foundation of sustainable woodland management. The plan identifies the existing value of the woodland (economic, environmental and social) and the owner’s objectives. From this, the plan then sets out how the woodland will be managed in the short and long term.
Using the template provided, an approved plan will help owners to certify their woodland through the UK Woodland Assurance Standard. It also enables owners to access other sources of funding.
Eligibility and how to apply
You can apply online using our webforms service or by printing and completing the application form below.
Application forms and guidance
Plan Template (56kb)
A template to help you draft your plan
Template Guidance (222kb)
A guide to the help you fill in the template.
WPG Update Module (274kb)
Enables woodland owners with an existing WPG management plan to update their plan's programme of work.
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.
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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