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Farm Woodland Scheme

Please note that the Farm Woodland Scheme (FWS) is closed to new applicants but existing agreements will continue until the contracted expiry date.

Background
The Farm Woodland Scheme (FWS) was introduced in 1988 to encourage farmers to plant new woodlands on land formerly used for agriculture. 

Farmers also received planting grants from the Forestry Commission under the Woodland Grant Scheme (WGS) to cover the initial cost of establishing woodlands.

Annual payments started approximately one year after planting and are payable annually, in arrears, for up to 40 years. In 1992 the Farm Woodland Scheme was replaced by the Farm Woodland Premium Scheme (FWPS).

FWS Payment Rates

Arable land

  • Outside less favourable land: £230 per hectare (ha) per annum
  • Disadvantaged Areas of Less Favoured Areas: £180 per (ha) per annum
  • Severely Disadvantaged Areas of Less Favoured Areas: £120 per ha per annum

Other Improved land

  • Outside Less Favoured Areas: £200 per ha per annum
  • Disadvantaged Areas of Less Favoured Areas: £160 per ha per annum
  • Severely Disadvantaged Areas of Less Favoured Areas: £110 per ha per annum

Unimproved Land

  • Less Favoured Areas (whether Severely Disadvantaged or Disadvantaged Areas): £30 per ha per annum

Further information

Successors Application Form (PDF 76kb)

FWS Summary (PDF 39kb)

Last updated: 18th October 2016