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Forestry productivity

More than 80% of England’s woods are privately owned. Funding under LEADER will aim to deliver permanent new supply chains and jobs that, at the same time, restore regular management to local woods and encourage a greater degree of added value to the timber output.

Examples of the type of activities that could be funded are set out below.

For detailed information about eligibility criteria, the amount of funding you can apply for and how to submit an application please refer to the Coastal Action Zone Applicant Handbook.

Who can apply

  • Owners of private forestry holdings
  • Small and medium-sized forestry contracting businesses.

Grant limits

Average grants will typically be within the range of £3,500 and £40,000. Higher grant amounts will be offered in exceptional circumstances where significant outcomes will be generated. Applicants can apply for a maximum of 40% of the projects’ eligible costs.

What is eligible

  • Investments in machinery and equipment to help the production, extraction, mobilising, processing and marketing of timber and non-timber forest products;
  • the processing, mobilising and marketing of products for new forestry technologies;
  • investments that enhance forestry potential or add value to forest products by processing, mobilising or marketing;
  • the costs of developing wood-fuel supply chains;
  • transportation of wood within a forest by specialized forestry equipment, excluding standard transport activities; and
  • investments in the production, processing and marketing of non-timber forest products, particularly wild venison. This shall include on-holding cold storage and butchery facilities.

What isn’t covered

In addition to the list of costs which can’t be claimed on pages 5 and 6 of the Handbook, the following costs are not eligible under this priority:

  • large scale or industrial processing undertaken by static machinery with an annual processing capacity that is more than 10,000m3.
  • hand tools (including chain saws) and consumables;
  • investments in woodland creation or the management of woodland itself; and
  • the preparation of woodland management plans.

How to apply


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Last updated: 29 November 2017

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