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Creating Woodlands

The National Forest Company offers a range of unique funding schemes designed to encourage tree planting and the creation of wildlife habitats within the Forest's 200 square miles.


The Changing Landscapes Scheme (one hectare and above)
Changing Landscape Scheme graphic

If you have a site of over 1 hectare (2.5 acres) in The National Forest where you would consider creating woodland with other nature conservation areas, CLS will interest you. Applications to the CLS Round 9 must be submitted to the National Forest Company Offices by 4pm on 20th April 2016. Contact: Charles Robinson ()


Freewoods Scheme (0.25 1 hectare)
Freewoods graphic

If you have land that falls within the 200 square miles of The National Forest, and is less than one hectare (2.47 acres) in size, the Freewoods Scheme could help you design and create your own small woodland. Applications to Freewoods are accepted all year round.

Programme Development Fund (smaller projects)
Hedge Laying with branches

Owners and managers of key strategic sites, organisations, charities, local authorities, companies or individuals within the Forest area can apply for a range of funds for projects that directly benefit The National Forest. Funding is available for: site development; access and conservation (e.g orchards and hedgerows), heritage, communities, partnerships and management.


Parkland and Wood Pasture Scheme
(0.25 5 hectares)
Cows Grazing

If you have land that you would like to plant less densely with trees then our new Parkland and Wood Pasture Scheme will interest you. Applications are accepted all year round.

Carbon funding scheme
Forest Carbon

If you are planning to create woodland in the National Forest. The National Forest Company are running a pilot scheme with Forest Carbon Ltd to attract additional funding for carbon. For Details contact Charles Robinson ()


Key to measurements:

  • 1 hectare = 2.47 acres
  • 1 acre = 0.4 hectares