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Woodland Creation Grant

EWGS is now closed to any new applications - documents listed on this webpage are for reference only

For information on current available funding visit our Woodland Creation Hub.


This EWGS grant for new woodland has three elements that can be applied for, depending on the eligibility of both site and applicant:     

  • Woodland Creation Grant (WCG)
    This is the main grant that contributes to the costs of establishing new woodland.
  • Additional Contributions (AC)
    ACs increase the contribution towards the cost of establishing new woodlands that deliver specific priorities.
  • Farm Woodland Payments (FWP)
    These are compensation payments for agricultural income forgone when creating new woodlands on agricultural land.

Summary of Grant Payment:


Broadleaf Rate

(per hectare) 

Conifer Rate

(per hectare)

New woodland delivering key priorities  


(£2,800 WCG + £2,000 AC)


(£2,200 WCG + £2,000 AC)

New woodland delivering other priorities 


(£2,800 WCG + £1,000 AC)


(£2,200 WCG + £1,000 AC)

New woodlands meeting UKFS and delivering public benefits 

 £2,800 WCG

 £2,200 WCG

Special broadleaf rate

Supporting low density planting where that meets objectives* 

£1700 WCG


 * provided the total grant contribution does not exceed 80% of the cost.

Eligibility and how to apply

This grant is now closed to new applications.

Every application must include and be eligible for the Woodland Creation Grant element. The application may also qualify for Additional Contributions and Farm Woodland Payments depending on whether the land, land use or ownership meets the relevant criteria.

You can apply online using our webforms service or by printing and completing the application form below.

For further information about WCG, eligbility and how to apply please refer to the EWGS 7 WCG Guidance . Alternatively, visit our team of experts exhibiting at events throughout the summer.

Application forms and guidance:

EWGS7 WCG Guidance (833kb)
WCG applicant guidance

EWGS7 WCG Form (69kb)
WCG application form

EWGS7 WCG example (381kb)
Example of a WCG application

EWGS1 General Guide (155kb)
General EWGS guidance

EWGS1 General Details Form (75kb)
General details application form

Woodland Creation Grant Template (17k)
Use this form to apply for the Woodland Creation Grant

Woodland Creation Grant Template for webform applications (17k)
Use this form to apply for the Woodland Creation Grant via webforms 

Supplementary Notice of Operations in a SSSI (178kb)
For work in a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) only. Submit this form to us together with your grant application in order to apply for Natural England's consent for the work.

Additional sources of funding

In addition to EWGS, there are other funding sources:

There are a variety of other funding sources available for woodland creation and management. The Royal Forestry Society has produced a guide called Grants for Trees that lists over 50 funding sources.

Alternative publications

If you need any of our publications in large print or in another language please contact The Diversity Team. Tel: 0131 314 6575, Email:




Last updated: 17th February 2018
English Woodland Grant Scheme

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Woodland Carbon Code
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