Forestry Industry Recovery Scheme (FIRS)

Posted by LindaStenner on August 20, 2020

Forestry Industry Recovery Scheme (FIRS)

August 20, 2020 at 3:18 PM

FIRS is now open and the closing date for applications is 18th October 2020.

A strong and growing forestry sector in Wales will be essential for the delivery of the National woodland creations targets. While the sector has generally proved resilient to Covid-19, there is a risk the crisis has damaged the capacity of forestry contractors and businesses, including the tree nursery sector.

FIRS is domestically funded through the National Forest Programme, and will provide funding to the sector to make capital investments to increase their capacity and enable the sector to contribute to a green recovery.

The scheme will support investment to increase capacity in the forestry sector. Eligible areas include equipment to tree nurseries to increase their capacity to supply trees, ground preparation equipment, equipment for tree safety works for trees affected by Ash Dieback, and equipment or appropriate technology that improves harvesting of timber which is shown to improve sustainable forest management.

Proposed investments must show that a viable market has been identified for their product(s) and that the project would not proceed without the grant. The scheme is discretionary and the amount of grant offered would relate to individual circumstances and would always be the minimum amount necessary to allow the investment to go ahead.

This is only an outline to the scheme and the way it is operated, the detailed rules for eligibility criteria may be subject to change.

Further details are available on the Welsh Government website.

For further information please contact Kathryn Williams on 07971 583638 or email




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