Applications for woodland creation will be scored with points available for increasing biodiversity or improving water quality and reducing flood risk, this is dependent on both the location of the woodland and its design. The UK Forestry Standard sets out the minimum requirements for woodland design and work standards. In particular the species selected must be suited to the site and established using recognised techniques.
The design, species choice and percentage of open space must be justifiable and appropriate for the site and its location. Proposals can include planting that is not funded through Countryside Stewardship, this must be clearly set out on the application form.
Creation of Woodland to Mitigate Climate Change
Creation of Woodland to Support Climate Change Adaptation
Landscape Scale and Partnerships
Definition of a Tree for Woodland funding
The Countryside Stewardship Capital Grants for tree planting can be used in relation to 'Woodlands for Tree Health Restocking' and 'Woodland Creation Options'. It can only be used for the planting of trees which meet the following definition: the plant must have at least one woody stem that is capable of achieving a total height of five metres on a given site. If a plant meets this criterion and is not listed below it will be considered a tree.
- Gorse (Ulex europaeus)
- Rhododendron (Rhododendron spp.)
- Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)
- Laurel (such as cherry laurel, spotted laurel and bay laurel)