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The Forestry Commission have just launched the Woodland Carbon Fund, which aims to support the creation of productive woodlands over 30 hectares in England.

The fund is simpler than the offer via the Countryside Stewardship scheme, and is wholly operated by the Forestry Commission with none of the scheme process being controlled by the Rural Payments Agency. This simplicity will be welcomed by many, however the flipside of sitting outside the Countryside Stewardship scheme is ineligibility for Basic Payments for the land covered by the scheme, and for maintenance payments for woodland creation.

More details are available here: www.forestry.gov.uk/england-wcf

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