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CAP Reform 2015

Feb 12th, 2015

CAP Reform 2015 ushers in new grant schemes for both Scotland and England, which will have a large effect on current and future grants available; particularly for existing woodland management and new woodland creation. This is a transitional period between the old schemes and the new, with limited budgets available. It is therefore important to begin the application process as early as possible. Have you re-registered online?

Seed Forest and Land Management specialise in advice for grants, and are registered as an agent on both sides of the border with the new online systems, ready to be mandated to claim on your behalf.

 

Scotland

Scottish Rural Development Plan (SRDP) 2014–2020

As previously, the SRDP contains a range of grants for woodland creation, agroforestry, tree health, woodland improvement, processing and marketing and sustainable management of forests.

The Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) will support:

-The creation of new woodlands – contributing towards the Scottish Government target of 10,000 hectares of new woodlands per year

-The sustainable management of existing woodlands

You can apply for support under eight categories:

-Two for the creation of woodland

-Six for management of existing woodland

Whilst currently awaiting approval by the EC, the scheme opened in January and the Forestry Grant Scheme is due to open for applications in March/April 2015. Applications for the FGS will be online using the new IT system.  Contracts for FGS are due to be awarded in August 2015, with the payment system becoming available December 2015.

A new online web portal was set up in December 2014 for more information and for applications:

https://www.ruralpayments.org

 

England

Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS)

The new scheme will combine a range of land management options with woodland and forestry management options. The new CSS is open to all eligible farmers, land managers, land owners, and tenants. It will replace:
– Environmental Stewardship (ES)
– the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS)
– capital grants from the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) programme

The scheme is due to launch in July 2015 with applications being accepted between July-September, with agreements/payments in 2016. The scheme offers two main tiers of funding with a third lower tier for various capital grants.

There is also a Preliminary Countryside Stewardship Scheme running from February until July to bridge the gap, with a focus on woodland creation, planning, and tree health. It is beneficial to use the Preliminary CSS to generate a Management Plan which will help secure further grants with the main CSS from July onwards.

We advise that applications are submitted as soon as possible to the Rural Payment Agency via the new online system: https://www.gov.uk/rural-payments

 

Links

CAP 2015 Scotland

Rural Payments Scotland

CAP 2015 England

Rural Payments Agency England

 

 

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