Forestry Statistics 2008 - Finance & Prices

Grant schemes

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Non-FC woodland in Great Britain is supported by a range of grants for creating new woodland and managing existing woodland. The Woodland Grant Scheme (WGS) was introduced in 1988, at the same time as tax relief was phased out. In Scotland, WGS was replaced by the Scottish Forestry Grant Scheme (SFGS) in 2003. The English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) was launched in July 2005 and Better Woodlands for Wales (BWW) in December 2005.

Because of the differences between these schemes, it is increasingly difficult to provide comparable statistics across the three countries. Total areas of new planting and restocking are shown in Table 1.13. Expenditure on grants and partnership funding is included in Table 7.5. Grant spend is shown in Table 7.6. For other statistics, see the three countries' Annual Report and Accounts.

Table 7.6 Grant money paid in 2007-08, by type of grant

Type of grant

England

Scotland

Wales

GB

million

New planting

Planting

24.5

12.3

0.5

37.3

Natural regeneration

0.2

0.6

0.0

0.7

Restocking

Planting

4.16.10.710.9

Natural regeneration

0.10.30.00.4

Management grants

12.6

7.5

1.2

21.3

Planning grants

0.30.10.10.6

Total

41.7

26.9

2.6

71.1

Source: Forestry Commission

Figure 7.2 GB grant money paid in 2007-08 by type of grant

Figure 7.2 Great Britain grant money paid by type of grant

Source: Forestry Commission

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