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Funding news - 12/01/2018

£1 Million Fund to Create and Restore Woodlands on HS2 Route Now Open

Forming part of the construction of Britain's new high speed railway, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd is creating a network of new wildlife habitats along the route.

This includes around 7 million new trees and shrubs on the first phase of the railway. In addition to this tree planting programme, a separate fund has been established to help local landowners create new native, broadleaf woodlands and restore existing ancient woodland sites.

The HS2 Woodland Fund is a grant scheme aimed at helping landowners to restore Plantations on Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS). £5 million will be invested in woodlands through the spine of England, from London to the West Midlands. The first £1 million phase of the Fund is being managed by the Forestry Commission on behalf of HS2 Ltd. It is encouraging applications from landowners located up to 25 miles from the phase one route.

Funding of up to £8,500 per (gross) hectare is available for creating new woodlands, and up to £4,000 per (net) hectare of restocking is available for PAWS restoration, with additional payments for protection measures such as guards, fences and gates. The Fund provides capital funding to restore PAWS sites, at 100% of the standard costs for eligible activities.

The Fund is available to all eligible woodland owners and land managers within a 25 mile buffer around the Phase One Act Limits of HS2, which passes through parts of Greater London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire, as well as the wider West Midlands. Applications that fall marginally outside of this zone but are of outstanding quality may be considered at the discretion of the Forestry Commission.

The scheme is now open for applications add will close in April 2020, subject to remaining budget availability. There are no application windows or deadlines and applications are welcomed year-round.

Source: Forestry Commission England, 12/01/2018

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