Woodfuel Grant Extended

A grant scheme offering money to help landowners access hard-to-reach timber has been extended, with grants potentially in the tens of thousands of pounds available now.

The Woodfuel Woodland Improvement Grant (WIG) supports the sustainable production of woodfuel and other timber products, and can be used for a variety of projects on land of all shapes and sizes.
There are two separate grant areas; Roads and Timber. A Roads grant will fund infrastructure projects that enable the extraction of timber from impossible-to-reach locations, for example through the creation of access tracks, loading bays or entrance gates. A Timber grant will pay towards professional support in marketing this timber.
Previous grants handed out include £9,600 to improve access roads to a woodland area; £7,500 for the construction of long haul extraction tracks, loading bays and bridge repairs; and £50,000 for the creation of access tracks to a previously unmanageable area of land. Due to its success, the project has recently been granted an extension, meaning that new applications can now be made up until the end of September 2014. If you do wish to claim a grant, time is of the essence, as any subsequent work undertaken as a result of the grant needs to be completed by the end of September 2015.

The grant is delivered by Ngage Solutions across the South East, South West and the county of Cumbria, on behalf of The Forestry Commission.

Read more about the WoodfuelWIG here, or go right ahead and contact the Project Manager Mike Furness on 01494 568970 / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Georgie Grant - February 2014

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Tel: 01823 451 884

Somerset Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01823 652 400
www.somersetwildlife.org

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