These briefing notes provide information on various aspects of forestry grants in Scotland. A brief description of the contents of each note is provided. The most recent note is at the top of the list.
Briefing Note 9 – February 2014
Details of the arrangements in place following changes to the RDR Transitional Regulations
- Limited number of forestry options open to new applications for 2015
- Monthly "clearing process" for new applications will continue
- Advice about making capital and annual recurrent claims for 2015 woodland creation
- Certain conditions apply to the issue of contracts for some activities
- Advice about how we can treat requests for variations
Briefing Note 8 September 2013
Details of transitional arrangements following closure of the current SRDP on 31st December 2013
- FCS can continue to approve Rural Priorities contracts only until 31st December 2013
- Planning Grant available for Woodland Creation on wider range of options
- Applicants encouraged to work up Woodland Creation proposals during 2014
- FCS will work with applicants to progress Forest Plans through the scoping process
- SMF Restructuring Felling and WIG Restructuring Regeneration must be applied for together under the current SRDP
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Briefing Note 7.1 UPDATE, 30 October 2012:
- An UPDATE to briefing Note 7, issued on 8th October 2012 of the threat to tree health - the highly destructive Chalara dieback of ash trees
- An explanation of what new legislation will mean for woodland owners in Scotland
- Detailed guidance about alternative species that can be planted during the period of ash movement restrictions
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Briefing Note 7, 8 October 2012:
- To raise awareness of a new threat to tree health - the highly destructive Chalara dieback of ash trees.
- Action being taken by Forestry Commission Scotland
- Advice about what to do if you want to use this species for planting with grant aid under SRDP and for restocking after felling
- Precautionary advice and contact numbers,
- Advice about action required by Statutory Plant Health Notices, use of affected timber
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Briefing note 6, 1 October 2012:
- changes to the “ongoing approval process” for forestry options
- a monthly “clearing” process for all applications with a total payments value of £20K or more;
- the following SMF and WIG grants will remain open and continue to be subject to ongoing approval (other SMF and WIG grants to close);
o SMF – Restructuring Felling
o WIG– Long Term Forest Planning
o WIG - Restructuring Regeneration
o WIG Woodland habitats & Species and WIG Woodland Non woodland habitats, only for Rhododendron removal where this is associated with a Statutory Plant Health Notice (SPHN)
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Briefing note 5, July 2011
- Launch of a new Forestry Outcome Plan
- Launch of new structure for Forestry Option web guidance
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Briefing note 4, April 2011:
- Changes to the Ongoing Approval process
- Claims awareness Seminars – you can download a copy of the PowerPoint presentation used at the Seminars. Please view the “Notes” pages
- Relationship of Forest Plans to felling and restructuring grants.
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Briefing note 3, March 2011:
- How to set up multiple agent access to Rural Payments on-line
- Process that allows a main agent to complete the SAF with entries from multiple agents.
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Briefing note 2, January 2011:
Introduction of a higher grant rate for all woodland creation capital items in certain specific target areas. Also applies to the three Woodland Creation productive planting options.
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Briefing note 1, December 2010:
- Financial support of up to 100% of eligible actual costs available for capital works required for SSSI’s and Natura features and for the eradication of rhododendron in native and ancient woodlands.
- Rhododendron standard cost capital items now available through Woodland Improvement Grant
- Must approve contracts by 31st December 2010 if they have annual recurrent grants that will be payable in 2011.
- Advice about varying contracts for Woodland Creation cases Annual Recurrent Grants.
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