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Forestry Statistics 2015 - Finance & Prices

Grant schemes

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Private sector 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was replaced by the Scottish Forestry Grant Scheme (SFGS) in 2003, by Rural Development Contracts in 2006 and has now been replaced by the Forestry Grant Scheme. The English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) was launched in July 2005 and has now been replaced by Countryside Stewardship. Better Woodlands for Wales (BWW) was launched in December 2005 and has now been replaced by Glastir (administered by the Welsh Government).

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 1.14 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) and by Natural Resources Wales.

Table 8.6 presents information on grant money paid in 2005-06 to 2014-15. A total of £73.4 million was paid in grants in 2014-15, almost unchanged from the total for the previous year.

Table 8.6 Grant money paid, 2005-06 to 2014-15

 

England1

  Wales

Scotland2

       GB

£ million

2005-06

17.1 2.8 19.7 39.6

2006-07

15.9 3.1 32.6 51.6

2007-08

41.7 2.6 26.9 71.1

2008-09 

24.1 3.7 10.9 38.7

2009-10 

24.4 2.9 5.7 33.0

2010-11 

28.7 3.8 18.9 51.4

2011-12 

32.5 5.4 34.2 72.1

2012-13 

32.8 5.0 32.3 70.1

2013-14

33.9 4.1 35.5 73.5

2014-15 

32.4 1.8 39.2 73.4

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales

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. 

 

The total grant money paid in Great Britain has fluctuated over recent years, with levels often dipping around the times that new grant schemes are introduced, followed by a sharp recovery. 

Figure 8.3 Grant money paid, 2003-04 to 2014-15

Figure 8.3 Grant money paid, 2003 - 04 to 2014 - 15

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales

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