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New native woodland planting scheme at Low Thornhill, Billsdale, North York Moors National Park. Yorkshire and The Humber ConservancyEnglish Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS) is the Forestry Commission's programme to support forestry and woodland projects in England. EWGS is supported via the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and work carried out with EWGS grant support must meet the criteria set out in the UK Forestry Standard (PDF 31MB), the national guide to the practice of sustainable forestry.  For information on the types of grant available visit the national England EWGS web pages.


Please see the latest National EWGS email alert.

For information on felling licences please visit the national woodland regualtions pages.

Priority Grants 

Site of Special Scentific Interest (SSSI) WIG 80                                       The SSSi WIG80 is a national project targeted at reversing woodland condition recorded as being in Unfavourable Declining or Unfavourable - No Change condition by Natural England.

Woodland Birds WIG 80 (PDF 1542k)
Wild birds are considered a good indicator of the general state of health of the countryside. However, some woodland bird populations have fallen by over 20 per cent (some by over 50%) in the last 25 years. This WIG project aims to reverse population decline by supporting management that improves habitat quality for woodland birds.

Red Squirrel WIG

Natural Resourses WIG

Please Note: For enquiries relating to the Peak District National Park (Staffs) or The National Forest (Staffs), grant availability is supported through the East & East Midlands Area. Application enquiries should be made to the Area office.

Other Non-EWGS Funding Sources

In addition to the English Woodland Grant Scheme, there are other funding sources:

 Legacy schemes

There is information about the Woodland Grant Scheme (WGS) if you need to make a claim or an amendment. This scheme is now closed.

Details on Farm Woodland Premium Schemes (FWPS) and  Farm Woodland Schemes (FWS) are available through our national pages.


Last updated: 31st January 2018

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