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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.


Grants and Funding


Countryside Stewardship: Woodland Creation Grant

10 December 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

A standalone capital grant offering funding to farmers and other land managers in England to plant and protect young trees. The grant provides a one-off payment towards the cost of supplying and planting trees and associated items needed to create new woodland.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Natural England

Maximum value:

£ 6,800

Application deadline:

None specified

Eligible Expenditure

Applicants can select from a range of capital items as part of their woodland creation grant. These apply to one-off payments towards the cost of certain items or activities, eg planting trees or erecting new fencing and each offer different payment rates.

The full list of capital items available for use in woodland creation is below:

  • Tree planting

  • Individual tree shelter

  • Fencing

  • Sheep netting

  • Rabbit fencing supplement

  • Fencing supplement - difficult site

  • Deer fencing

  • Wooden field gate or wooden wings

  • Badger gate

  • Water gates

  • Top wiring - stone wall

  • Small leaky woody dam

  • Large leaky woody dam

  • Woodland infrastructure

How To Apply

The Woodland Creation Grant is open for applications all year round.

All applicants must register themselves on Rural Payments ( before applying for woodland creation. They will receive a customer registration number (CRN) once registered.

Once an initial application has been submitted, a Forestry Commission Woodland Officer will work with the applicant to refine it before the final deadline. This includes a site visit.

The sponsor will process applications as quickly as possible but the advice is that applicants should anticipate it will take at least five months from submitting their application to receiving an agreement.

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