The Forestry Commission has announced that the £1 million HS2 Woodland Fund is now open for applications.
The aim of the fund is to support the restoration of existing plantations on ancient woodland sites (PAWS) and the creation of new native woodland. This fund is open to landowners within 25 miles of the HS2 Phase One route from London to the West Midlands.
Funding of up to £8,500 per (gross) hectare is available for creating new woodlands, and up to £4,000 per (net) hectare of restocking is available for PAWS restoration, with additional payments for protection measures such as guards, fences and gates.
Funding is available for a range of capital items, paying 100% of the associated standard cost, with a maintenance payment also available for woodland creation.
Applications can be submitted at any time.