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Small Grants - Woodland Creation


The application window will open on 24th July 2023 and close on 15th September 2023.

Small Grants – Woodland Creation is a scheme aimed at farmers and other land managers to encourage planting of small areas of trees on land which is agriculturally improved or low environmental value in Wales.

Funding is delivered through a flexible framework of support, with schemes – including Small Grants – Woodland Creation - delivering towards some of the following themes:

  • farm scale land management

  • on farm environmental improvements

  • landscape scale land management

  • woodland and forestry

Funding is available for tree planting to create shelterwoods, alongside watercourses, and in field corners or small fields for stock shelter, biodiversity and woodfuel. Small Grants – Woodland Creation also offers 12 years of payments for Maintenance and Premium payment in respect of the new planting.

The application process provides a way of ensuring planting proposals meet the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) requirements without the need for verification of a woodland creation plan by NRW. Funding is available for planting areas between 0.1ha and 1.99ha.


  • you are registered with the Welsh Government and have been issued with a Customer Reference Number (CRN)

  • you are  a public or private land holder, municipality or an association, including community groups planting on publicly owned land

  • your landlord has given their agreement for you to enter the scheme if you are applying as a tenant

  • government departments or their agents are not eligible for funding

Land eligibility

  • field parcels must be located in Wales

  • your land is registered within the Welsh Government Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS) as of 14 February 2023.

  • you have full management control of the land for the duration of the contract and the full commitment period

  • the minimum area of new planting to be eligible for Small Grants – Woodland Creation support is 0.1ha

  • the maximum total area per application is 1.99ha of planting which can be comprised of blocks of trees with a minimum area of 0.1ha


The following Capital and Area payments to support the establishment and ongoing maintenance of tree planting are available under the Small Grants – Woodland Creation scheme.

Woodland Category


Payment per Hectare

Wet Woodland and Streamside 1100 - £3,302

Wet Woodland and Streamside 1600 - £4,550

Native Biodiversity 1100 - £3,302

Native Biodiversity 1600 - £4,550

Wood fuel (productive) - £5,146

Native Shelterwood - £6,170

Shelterwood (productive) - £5,146

Red Squirrel 1600 - £4,550

Red Squirrel 2500 - £5,146

For more information or help with your application contact:

Kathryn Williams – 07971 583 638

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