EWGS is now closed to any new applications - documents listed on this webpage are for reference only
Woodland Improvement Grant (WIG) funds capital investment in woodlands, over an agreed period to create, enhance and sustain an increase in the quantity and quality of public benefits delivered. Due to the popularity of WIG's we have had to restrict new applications to plant health related WIG's only.
We are open for plant health WIG applications which currently includes Chalara and Phytophthora.
Eligibility and how to apply
Information about eligibility for plant health WIG's will be available by the end of April 2014.
For more information about what is available in your region, please contact your local FC office.
Current Application forms and guidance
EWGS 5b PHWIG Guide (140k)
Plant Health WIG applicant guidance
Plant Health Calculator (117kb)
A tool to help calculate standard costs
Forms and Guidance for closed WIG's (for information only)
EWGS5 WIG Guide (672kb)
WIG applicant guidance
EWGS5 Guidance Addendum (117kb)
Addendum to applicant guidance: published July 2010
EWGS5 WIG Application Form (63kb)
WIG application form
EWGS1 General Details Form (72kb)
General details application form
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:
- Environmental Stewardship (managed by Natural England) provides grants for environmental management, including woodland. For further guidance, please see
Funding for Farm Woodlands in England (183kb).
- Funding for aspects of economic and social investment for forestry purposes (e.g. machinery) is available via Defra http://rdpenetwork.defra.gov.uk/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.
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