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Managing your woodland

Wed 15 April 2020

As Spring has rapidly arrived, now may be the time for landowners to consider the management of their woodland. Whilst threats, such as Ash Dieback, have been well documented recently and require action to manage diseased trees safely, other opportunities are available.

Planting of new woodland provides not only amenity value to landowners but can realise future income through Biodiversity Net Gain or the sale of carbon credits. The application window for Woodland Creation Grants is now closed but now is the time to start forward planning to identify planting schemes which could take advantage of the next window.

The advent of Spring may also prompt the desire to bring existing woodland back into management. A Forestry Commission (FC) approved management plan holds the key to enabling thinning or felling works, as well as opening up opportunities for woodland improvement support through the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. Grant funding to cover the cost of producing an FC compliant management plan is currently available through the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

For further details or to discuss your woodland queries, please contact Ben Lee BenL@rhrwclutton.co.uk.

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