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Thursday, 3 March 2016

Get planting, landowners urged

The regional head of the Country Land and Business Association is urging its farming and landowning members to take part in a new tree planting scheme.

Woodland for Water is a new grant scheme being launched by the Forestry Commission and Environment Agency. It offers landowners in target areas across Yorkshire and the North East grant funding to plant additional new woodland.

Grants of up to £6,800 per hectare for new woodland planting are available and eligible landowners could also generate an additional £200 per hectare for 10 years.

Association regional director Dorothy Fairburn said: “New woodland planting has lots of environmental and business benefits and can also play an important role in flood risk management.

“Applications to this scheme must be submitted by the end of March so we are urging our members to act sooner rather than later to make sure they don’t miss out.”

As part of the scheme, a trained advisor will work closely with eligible landowners to plan and design planting and complete the application process. They will also give advice on protecting and maintaining the new woodland if the application is successful.

Applications can be made through the following local advisers:

  • Hambleton, York, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby, Tees Valley, Durham, Tyne and Wear – Isobel Hall: Tel: 015242 51002.
  • Richmondshire, Craven, Harrogate – Phil Lyth: Tel: 0771 3333 170.

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