Farmers planning to submit an application under the small woodland grant scheme are reminded that submissions must be made online before 28 February.

The scheme provides financial assistance for those seeking to establish woodland areas on agricultural land.

Initial interest is strong.

Under the scheme, the minimum planting area is 0.2ha (0.49 acres) of native tree species.

A standard payment of £2,925/ha will cover site preparation, trees and general site maintenance. The payment is split with 80% paid in year one and the balance issued in year five.

In addition, a 10-year annual payment of £350/ha is payable to offset income otherwise generated by agricultural activity.

Successful applicants should accept letters of offer within 14 days. Once returned, farmers should start procurement of trees as the most suitable planting window occurs in April.

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