Glastir is a grant scheme launched by Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones to encourage landowners to create new woodlands on their land.
The new woodland creation grants have been developed by FC Wales which will deliver them on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government until 1 January 2013, when responsibility for delivery will transfer to the Glastir team.
There will be three types of grant available to all landowners in Wales - woodland establishment grants, fencing grants and woodland creation premium grants. The maximum amount available under the grants will be £10,000 per hectare over the 15 years of payments. Grants for fencing are available where this is required.
Before applying to the scheme, landowners will need to contact the Assembly Government’s Rural Payments Division to obtain a Customer Reference Number (CRN) and to register the land if this has not already been done. Only one application to the woodland creation scheme will be accepted per land manager per year.
Forestry Commission Wales will provide Project Officer support to those who require it. The Project Officers will explain the scheme’s requirements to landowners and develop applications on their behalf at no cost to the applicant.
For further information see the grants and regulations section on www.forestry.gov.uk or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Forestry Commission Wales
About 14 per cent of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Assembly Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.
Forestry Commission Wales provides advice on forestry policy to the Minister responsible for forestry. It provides grant aid to other woodland owners and regulates forestry by issuing felling licences.
Forestry Commission Wales is also part of Forestry Commission GB and contributes to the international forestry agenda.
More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on www.forestry.gov.uk/wales
For further information see the grants and regulations section on www.forestry.gov.uk