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Information on the Register of Grant Schemes and Felling

We maintain two Registers: 

Register of Grant Schemes and Felling

This register shows details of all applications for grant aid or tree felling in England.  Applications only appear on this Register if they meet the requirements of the UK Forestry Standard (PDF 974kb). The Standard sets out the criteria and standards for the sustainable management of forests and woodlands in the UK.

Details of applications are shown at two stages:

  • CNT: Consultation – You can make comments on the proposals during this stage which lasts for four weeks. Any comments are considered in consultation with the applicant and, if appropriate, the application may be amended or rejected.  If you are a consultee with whom we regularly confer (local authorities and statutory organisations), we will write to you to invite you to comment via letter, email or through the public register.
  • FPR: Final Approval - If we approve the application the details of the approved application are displayed for information for 28 days.  Proposals at this stage are not open to comment.

There are two lists within the Register of Grant Schemes and Felling:

  • The G&L Online Register shows English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) applications
  • The Register of New Planting and Felling, shows felling and other grant applications

Each application listed on the register has a map to provide detail on the location of the work and there is a help facility - denoted by the question mark - which provides guidance on how to use the register and explanations of the abbreviations used.

Most applications are for work that will take place on private land and permission may be required to enter the area. 

Get information and/or submit a comment on an application listed in the G&L Online Register

Click on the case reference in the “Ref” column. You will be presented with a basic summary of information for the application. By pressing the Case Report button you can view more information about the application (excluding personal information about the applicant) and a map.

Comments on applications listed on the G&L Online Register can be submitted online through the register. To do this press the Submit Comments button. This opens an electronic form for you to complete. Please note that personal information such as your name and e-mail address is collected so that, if necessary, we can provide a response. If you prefer, you can submit your comments by post; a correspondence address is shown on the Case Report's first page. Please include the application reference number in any written correspondence.

The G&L Online list is continually updated and you have 28 days from when the case first appears on the register to submit any comments.

Get information and/or submit a comment on an application listed in the Register of New Planting and Felling

You should contact your local Forestry Commission Area office to request the information. You will need to quote the reference number (shown in the “Ref” column). Personal information contained in the application will not be included (e.g. applicant’s name and contact details) when we provide copies. If the copy is large or if copies are requested regularly, we may charge a fee for this service.

Comments on applications listed on the Register of New Planting and Felling must be submitted in writing by e-mail or letter to the appropriate FC Area office quoting the reference number.

The Register of New Planting and Felling is updated weekly, usually on a Monday, and you have 28 days from when the case first appears on the register to submit any comments.

If you would like to make comments about Defra's Higher Level Stewardship Scheme applications (with the scheme designation HLS), then you should contact your local Natural England office

Energy Crop Scheme Applications and Higher Level Stewardship Applications for Woodland Work

These schemes are administered by Defra but details are shown on the Register of Grant Schemes and Felling (denoted by the Case Type “ECC”).  Defra will make any decisions about the comments received, although they may seek our advice where appropriate.

The Higher Level Stewardship Scheme is part of Defra's Environmental Stewardship Scheme. Grant options under this scheme encourage the creation of small woodlands and tree felling to deliver environmental priorities, e.g., restoration of other semi-natural habitats. Details on such proposals are shown on the Register of Grant Schemes and Felling

Last updated: 6th June 2016