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Woodland Planning Grant

EWGS is now closed to any new applications - documents listed on this webpage are for reference only. See Countryside Stewardship for what funding opportunities are available. 

Woodland Planning Grant (WPG) contributes to the cost of producing a management plan, which is the foundation of sustainable woodland management.

The plan communicates;

• the objectives and vision for the woodland;
• the current condition of the woodland, including features, threats, and opportunities;
• how the woodland will be managed to meet the owners objectives and deliver wider public benefit in relation to economic, environmental and social values.

Eligibility and how to apply

This grant is now closed to new applications.

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

For further information about eligibility, how to apply and available grant rates, please refer to EWGS2 WPG Guide and EWGS1 General Guide.

Application forms

EWGS2 WPG Application Form (52kb)
WPG application form

EWGS1 General Details Form
General details application form

Management Plan Template

The Management Plan Template can be used for any size of woodland. The template is suitable for submission under the Woodland Planning Grant and as a basis for accessing other grant types (subject to application criteria)

There are two versions of the full management plan template:

1) Macro enabled template – suitable for use in Word 2007 onward, this version of the template includes added functionality such as help boxes and drop down lists to assist with completing the template;

2) Macro disabled template – suitable for all versions of MS Word and Mac users.

Inventory and plan of Operations

Sets out information relating to felling and restocking and is necessary for issuing a felling licence without the need for a stand-alone application.


Maps are an excellent way to communicate information to support a Management Plan.  Such maps can be created via the myForest service or using your own GIS systems. To create a map to support a grant application you will need to submit a map request to the FC.

Guidance and Supplementary Documents

Guidance Document
Further information and support on how to complete the management plan templates

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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You must register as a customer and then register your land before applying for an EWGS grant.

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