Forestry Statistics 2012 - 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Scheme (EWGS) was launched in July 2005, Better Woodlands for Wales (BWW) was launched in December 2005 and has now been replaced by Glastir.

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 planting and grants:

  • Table 1.12 for total areas of new planting and restocking;
  • Table 8.5 for expenditure by the Forestry Commission on grants and partnership funding;
  • Table 8.6 (below) for grant expenditure by the Forestry Commission (including grant expenditure managed by the Forestry Commission on behalf of Defra).

Table 8.6 presents information on grant money paid in 2011-12. A total of £72 million was paid in grants in 2011-12 of which the majority (61%) was for new planting.

Table 8.6 Grant money paid in 2011-12, by type of grant

Type of grant

England1

  Wales

Scotland2

       GB

£ million

New planting

15.8

1.7

26.7

44.2

Restocking

1.7

0.9

1.4

4.0

Management grants

14.3 2.3 5.6 22.2

Planning grants

0.7 0.5 0.5 1.7

Total

32.5

5.4

34.2

72.1

Source: Forestry Commission

Notes:

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

2.  Scotland includes grants paid under Rural Development Contracts and legacy schemes. 

Figure 8.3 GB grant money paid in 2011-12 by type of grant

Figure 8.3 GB grant money paid in 2011-12 by type of grant

Source: Forestry Commission

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