EWGS is now closed to any new applications - documents listed on this webpage are for reference only. See Countryside Stewardship for what funding opportunities are available.
Woodland Planning Grant (WPG) contributes to the cost of producing a management plan, which is the foundation of sustainable woodland management.
The plan communicates;
• the objectives and vision for the woodland;
• the current condition of the woodland, including features, threats, and opportunities;
• how the woodland will be managed to meet the owners objectives and deliver wider public benefit in relation to economic, environmental and social values.
Eligibility and how to apply
You can apply online using our webforms service or by printing and completing the application form below.
Management Plan Template
The Management Plan Template can be used for any size of woodland. The template is suitable for submission under the Woodland Planning Grant and as a basis for accessing other grant types (subject to application criteria)
There are two versions of the full management plan template:
1) Macro enabled template – suitable for use in Word 2007 onward, this version of the template includes added functionality such as help boxes and drop down lists to assist with completing the template;
2) Macro disabled template – suitable for all versions of MS Word and Mac users.
Sets out information relating to felling and restocking and is necessary for issuing a felling licence without the need for a stand-alone application.
Maps are an excellent way to communicate information to support a Management Plan. Such maps can be created via the myForest service or using your own GIS systems. To create a map to support a grant application you will need to submit a map request to the FC.
Guidance and Supplementary Documents
Further information and support on how to complete the management plan templates
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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