A pilot Woodland Trust scheme is offering expert advice and grants of up to £4,000 to landowners who want to create small, new native woods.
TRUSTwoods is open to people looking to create between one and three hectares of woodland in a trial area of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.
To qualify for a grant, new woodland should meet at least one of these criteria:
· Extend existing ancient woodland;
· Extend other woodland;
· Increase ecological connectivity, such as linking hedgerows;
· Engage the public; for example, with a new tree planting event;
· Increase public access to woodland; and
Enhance the ecological, cultural and visual value of the landscape
Applications will be assessed on a first-come, first served basis. Planting should take place in the winter of 2019-20. For further information visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0330 333 3300