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Forestry Statistics 2016 - 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was replaced by the Scottish Forestry Grant Scheme (SFGS) in 2003, by Rural Development Contracts in 2006 and has now been replaced by the Forestry Grant Scheme. The English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) was launched in July 2005 and has now been replaced by Countryside Stewardship. Better Woodlands for Wales (BWW) was launched in December 2005 and has now been replaced by Glastir (administered by the Welsh Government).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 2006-07 to 2015-16. A total of £52.4 million was paid in grants in 2015-16, a 29% decrease from the total for the previous year, but similar to the level in 2010-11.

At a country level, £27.5 million was paid in grants in Scotland in 2015-16 (a decrease of 30% from the previous year), £23.0 million was paid in England (a 29% decrease) and £1.9 million in Wales (an increase of 5%).

Table 8.6 Grant money paid, 2006-07 to 2015-16

 

England1

Wales2

Scotland3

GB

£ million

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

2015-16

23.0 1.9 27.5 52.4

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales

Notes:

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

2. Wales includes grant paid under the Nature Fund programme for woodland creation in 2015-16.

3. Scotland includes grants paid under the Forestry Grant Scheme and legacy schemes (including Rural Development Contracts).

 

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 2015-16

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

Source: Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Wales

Notes:

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

2. Wales includes grant paid under the Nature Fund programme for woodland creation in 2015-16.

3. Scotland includes grants paid under the Forestry Grant Scheme and legacy schemes (including Rural Development Contracts).

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