HS2 Woodland Fund

18 October 2018

Current situation: Application deadline is Friday 5 July.

The HS2 Woodland Fund provides capital funding to restore PAWS sites, at 100% of the standard costs for eligible activities. This includes restocking with native trees and shrubs, and associated items including fencing and gates, as well natural flood management items. Payments are capped at £4,000 per net hectare of planting (for planting costs only).

The Fund also provides capital funding at 100% of the standard costs of creating and protecting new native woodland. Capital payments are capped at £8,500 per gross hectare of new woodland.

Maintenance payments of £200 per hectare per year for ten years (paid at years five and ten) are also available to help with the costs of maintaining new woodland, where eligible.

Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) customers that meet certain eligibility criteria will be able to continue claiming BPS on the land where new woodland is planted, for up to ten years following establishment or until BPS ends, whichever is sooner.

To be eligible the existing PAWS woodland or proposed native woodland must be within 25 miles of the HS2 Phase One line.

Complete and send the 2019 application form and at least one map to: hs2woodlandfund@forestrycommission.gov.uk. For more information https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hs2-woodland-fund 

 

 

 

 

Background

As part of the construction of HS2, a green corridor of connected wildlife habitats is being created alongside the railway. This includes around 7 million new trees and shrubs on phase one of the railway, from London to the West Midlands.

In addition to this main tree planting programme, a separate £5 million fund has been established to support the restoration of existing ancient woodland sites and the creation of new woodlands. The first £1 million of funding is being managed by the Forestry Commission on behalf of HS2 Ltd.

The fund is open to landowners within 25 miles of the HS2 Phase One route from London to the West Midlands - take a look at the 25 mile buffer map to see if you fall into this zone.

Funding opened for applications in January 2018. The current round of funding is now provisionally committed, but you can still apply to be on a waiting list if your land is eligible.

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.