The Forestry Co-Operation Option will open for applications on 28 September for funding in 2016 and Option guidance will be available soon.
This will support the facilitation of collaborative forestry projects in order to deliver environmental benefits over multiple holdings at a landscape scale. It will focus on the project facilitation and co-ordination of medium-scale projects between two or more landowners with up to £10,000/per project to support the cost of a facilitator. Costs for carrying out the subsequent management activity will be provided through other Options within the Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS).
It will coincide with the launch of the Environmental Co-operation Action Fund (ECAF) which will cover both agri-environment and forestry cooperative action. Within ECAF, woodland creation will be a key forestry priority with the opportunity for larger scale projects.