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We've set out what help and grants are available either to woodland owners or to those which have businesses that operate in the forestry sector.

Free Woodfuel Installation Advice

If you run a farm or business it's worth you considering installing a wood fuel system at your premises. The Government-backed Renewable Heat Incentive pays you for every unit of renewable heat you produce for 20 years. Cumbria Woodlands can offer free independent, bespoke advice on the best installation for you if you are located in the Arnside & Silverdale area and some parts of South Lakeland. We can support you to choose the best wood fuel option, advise on the cost of installation, investigate sources of finance and provide advice on the renewable heat incentive. Our advice is impartial; we don't sell or install boilers or sell wood fuel. This service is funded by the Morecambe Bay Nature Improvement Area through Defra, Natural England and Morecambe Bay Local Nature Partnership with support from Forestry Commission.

Give us a call on 01539 822140 or email clare@cumbriawoodlands.co.uk for more information

Renewable Heat Incentive commercial and domestic

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government run scheme which pays participants to generate and use renewable energy to heat buildings or industrial processes. It was launched in November 2010, it’s important to know that this is not available for single domestic dwellings. The RHI makes index linked payments for 20 years for measured heat generated by most renewable sources including wood fuel. For many, especially those of the mains gas grid this scheme makes really good financial sense if you have the upfront capital. 

Further details of this scheme can be found on the RHI page of www.gov.uk

A domestic scheme for individual households should be set out during the summer of 2013, with the first payments in spring 2014.  Interim support is available from the Renewable Heat Premium Scheme.  

Forestry Commission grants

The Forestry Commission offer a range of grants to encourage and support the management and creation of woodlands. A brief overview of these is set out below.  

Further details of all the Forestry Commission grants above can be found at the following web address: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/ewgs

Woodland Planning Grant

The Woodland Planning Grant offers support for woodlands over 3 hectares in size, this is to support the production of a management plan for a woodland.  

Woodland Improvement Grant

The Woodland Improvement Grant provides funds for capital investment in woodland for work to do four things, these are support of Woodland Biodiversity specifically for Biodiversity Action Plan species, such as Red squirrels, secondly for woodland Sites of Special Scientific Interest to improve their condition, to improve public access to woodlands where there is a need and lastly for the removal and disposal of Chalara infected ash in certain areas.  

Woodland Management Grant

To encourage low key, on-going sustainable woodland practice the Woodland Management Grant was introduced. Its objectives are to contribute to the additional costs of providing public benefits for sustainable woodland management, to protect, increase and maintain the area of woodland under sustainable management and to identify and address threats to woodland and prevent their decline.  

Woodfuel Woodland Improvement Grant

The Woodfuel Woodland Improvement Grant supports the sustainable production of Woodfuel and other timber products with 60% grants for building and improving roads and tracks and work to measure and manage harvesting contracts.

Woodland Creation Grant

Woodland Creation Grant offers area based grants to encourage the creation of new woodland, both conifer and broadleaved. Currently linked to the one off capital payment is a further annual payment for fifteen years which is made to off-set the loss of agricultural income.  

Woodland Regeneration Grant

The Woodland Regeneration Grant pays for the replanting or regeneration of felled woodlands especially making positive contributions towards changes to the composition of woodland.  

Leader grants from the Solway Border and Eden and Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Groups

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is a package of funds aimed at stimulating rural development. It is jointly funded by the Government and the EU through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, it will run from 2009 to 2013. This money is spent in turn through two Local Action Groups in Cumbria, the forestry sector has made very good use of this support to bring woodlands into management through the provision of advice and information along with a substantial training programme and link capital grants to enable contractors to grow their businesses. This current programme comes to an end this year and almost all funds are committed. A new RDPE is due to start in early 2015 and is likely to support similar types of work, however there is uncertainty about start dates, how and who will be delivering it and how much money will be available.

More information on the work of the two Local Action Groups can be found on the following two websites: www.sbeleader.org.uk and www.fellsanddales.org.uk

Rural Growth Network capital Grants

Cumbria recently won a chunk of money from something called the Rural Growth Network, which is essentially DEFRA cash. A range of service and support for rural businesses will become available over the spring and summer of 2013 this includes business advice and support which is available from www.cumbriagrowthhub.co.uk

Britain’s Energy coast capital grants and business support

Support is available in Allerdale and Copeland for new or existing businesses to grow and expand. This takes the form of advice, information, guidance and cash to support business growth.

More information on the range of support on offer can be found on the following website www.britainsenergycoast.co.uk/sme-page 

Carbon finance for tree planting

Growing markets are available for the carbon captured by newly planted woodlands. Currently two main players are acting as brokers between those wishing to voluntarily off-set their carbon emissions, which could be individuals or large corporate businesses and those which have carbon to sell, i.e. those who have created woodlands.

The websites of both of these brokers can be found at the following addresses: www.forestcarbon.co.uk and this section of www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

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