Forestry Statistics 2009 - 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 and, more recently, by Rural Development Contracts. 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. The following tables provide useful information relating to new planting and grants:

  • Table 1.12 for total areas of new planting and restocking;
  • Table 8.5 for expenditureby theForestry Commission on grants and partnership funding;
  • Table 8.6 for grant expenditure by the Forestry Commission (including grant expenditure managed by the Forestry Commission on behalf ofDefra).
Table 8.6 Grant money paid in 2008-09, by type of grant

Type of grant

England

Wales

Scotland

GB

million

New planting

Planting

15.9

0.4

4.7

21.0

Natural regeneration

0.0

0.0

0.3

0.3

Restocking

Planting

1.20.63.75.5

Natural regeneration

0.00.00.20.2

Management grants

6.8

2.0

2.1

10.9

Planning grants

0.10.70.00.8

Total

24.1

3.7

10.9

38.7

Source: Forestry Commission

Notes:

1. Includes grant scheme expenditure managed by the Forestry Commission on behalf of Defra.

Figure 8.2 GB grant money paid in 2008-09 by type of grant

Source: Forestry Commission

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