Forestry Commission Scotland announces that it is able to accept and approve new applications during 2014
In September 2013 FCS laid out the transitional arrangements for forestry in FCS Briefing Note 8. At that time the expectation was that that Rural Priorities would close on 31 December 2013 but in late December 2013 the European Union implemented last minute changes to the RDR Transitional Regulations which now mean that FCS can continue to accept and approve new applications during 2014.
FCS will therefore remain open for a limited range of SRDP forestry options, specifically:
- Woodland Creation Options (excluding natural regeneration. Farmland Premium requires to be restricted to a 12 year payment period where previously this had been 15 years to meet new SRDP conditions)
- Woodland Improvement Grant – Long term forest planning
- Woodland Improvement Grant – Restructuring Regeneration (NOTE: The annual grant of SMF-Restructuring Felling is not re-opening as per Briefing Note 8, September 2013)
- Woodland Improvement Grant - Woodland Habitats and Species – only in relation to designated sites
- Woodland Improvement Grant - Non-woodland habitats – only in relation to designated sites