Supported by DEFRA, the Woodlands for Water Project aims to create over 3,000 hectares of woodlands within six river catchments, plus National Trust estates, across the UK.
If you are in the Severn or the Wye and Usk catchment you could benefit from professional advice provided under the scheme. Local land management advisors employed through the Rivers Trust and Wye and Usk Foundation can help you to gain funding through the England Woodland Creation Offer grant (EWCO).
The national project is being co-ordinated by the Riverscapes Partnership which is made up of experts from The Rivers Trust, National Trust, Beaver Trust and the Woodland Trust. Their vision is to create a thriving nature recovery network along the UK’s rivers by 2030.
Under the EWCO funding, farmers and landowners could receive a one-off payment of up to £8,500 per ha followed by annual maintenance payments of £300 per hectare for 10 years, plus additional contributions where the woodland’s location and design will deliver public benefits.
To be eligible for this grant applicants must have at least one hectare available. Funded works can include riparian planting, leaky dams and shelterbelts.
To find out more about the Woodlands for Water Project you can click here or contact our Midlands Rural Advisor Helen Dale.