A new grant to help promote the creation of productive woodlands is set to be piloted throughout 2012. The new Forest Planning grant – focusing on productive conifers but also available for productive broadleaves – will be administered by Forestry Commission Scotland. It will be available for planting proposals for 30 hectares or more and will be paid a the rate of £100/ha with a maximum payment of £20,000.
Minister for the Environment & Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson, said: “We have listened to the industry’s concerns and we are introducing this grant to stimulate productive conifer planting to so that, in years to come, Scotland’s forest industries can rely on a secure supply of raw material.”
The grant will trial from January 2012 for an initial 12 month period before being assessed and reviewed. For more information visit www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-8J9H8A