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National Manager for England: Caroline Harrison
Ham Farm, Itton, Spreyton, Crediton, Devon  EX17 5BD
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Diary Dates 2016

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For ICF events click here.

For RFS events click here.

September 2015 - Forestry Business Support - FACE leaflet - latest FC leaflet promoting free business/grant advice via the FACE consortium

Countryside Stewarship 2015 - local events in June 2015 - details and registration info here

17 March 2015 - Countryside Stewardship - Facilitation Fund now openread news article  

11 March 2015 - Countryside Productivity Grant now open for forestry applications  - read news item

Grants and Regulations National Email Alerts - Latest can be found here.   

  • 27 January 2016 - Woodland creation 2016, Forestry Innovation Fund & annual claims 2016
  • 18 December 2015 - Flooding advice, woodland creation, Forestry Innovation Fund & annual claims 
  • 2 December 2015 - New Forestry Innovation Fund opens today
  • 27 October 2015 - Woodland improvement applications, creation agreements, annual claims and Earned Recognition
  • 17 September 2015 - Countryside Stewardship applications, claims and payments update, management planning workshops
  • 21 August 2015 - Legacy schemes, Countryside Stewardship, Confor woodland show & British Woodland Survey 2015
  • 28 July 2015 - Countryside Stewardship deadline for woodland approaching; read our latest application advice.
  • 3 July 2015 - Countryside Stewardship application window now open.
  • 10 June 2015 - Reminder to submit annual claim forms by 15 June 2015.
  • 29 May 2015 - Countryside Stewardship, Woodland Capital Grants 2015 & legacy schemes.
  • 21 April 2015- Counryside Stewardship Update - Claiming Annual Payments and Agent Authority forms.
  • 20 March 2015 - Woodland Capital Grants 2015 - Woodland Creation Scoring Form - This email alert provides information on The woodland creation scoring form which has been updated to take account of additional information on the Land Information Search (LIS).      
  • 17 February 2015 - Countryside Stewardship: Woodland Capital Grants 2015 - Open for Business 
  • 10 February 2015 - End of England Woodland Grant Schemes
  • 26 January 2015 - Preliminary Countryside Stewardship - Woodland Funding Events
  • 22 December 2014 - Countryside Stewardship Woodlands Preliminary Grant Offer - planning to launch a preliminary woodland grant offer in 2015.
  • 1 December 2014 - CAP Reform leaflet—Introducing Countryside Stewardship; Closure of EWGS
  • 5 June 2014 - Closure of Biodiversity Woodland Improvement Grant and EU Timber regulations simplified.

CAP Reform 

DEFRA has today, 4th February 2014, opened the third Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS) grant window. More here  

England Progress report - Oct - Dec 2012

Part-funded forestry training available with LANTRA - more here


The Deer Initiative:  CAROLINE HARRISON
England Applicants Focus Group: CAROLINE HARRISON
England Woodland and Timber Partnership: CAROLINE HARRISON
England Woodland Biodiversity Group: CAROLINE HARRISON
European Squirrel Initiative: CAROLINE HARRISON
National Tree Safety Group: CAROLINE HARRISON

The Deer Initiative

The Deer Initiative is a broad partnership of statutory, voluntary and private interests dedicated to "ensuring the delivery of a sustainable, well-managed wild deer population in England and Wales". The Partners abide by the principles of the Deer Accord and encourage others to share their commitment and priorities as an integral part of their management of deer.  

England and Wa;es Best Practice Guides website - to promote awareness and compliance with best practice

Wild Boar Best Practice Guides website - to promote awareness and compliance with best practice

July 2012 - Update and positive future:
The Partnership and DI Ltd continue to receive significant Government support in both England and Wales. A number of priorities have been agreed with Forest Services and Natural England and these include:

  • Re-forestation project (based in south west England) to facilitate establishment of forestry post Phytophthora ramorum.
  • Afforestation project (based in the West Midlands) to protect and improve new woodlands and forests through good deer management and promoting the benefits of this to landowners and the general public.
  • Protecting biodiversity to continue to deliver Government's PSA targets for improvement of woodland SSSIs through a collaborative approach.
  • Maintaining the evidence base through data gathering for population density and impacts, SSSI protection and regeneration, Deer Vehicle Collision trends and hotspots, animal health, knowledge and skills, area of land under active deer management supported by deer management plans, size of national/regional wild venison markets and Anti-Poaching.
  • Wild venison project to enable the facilitation of the development of a wild venison supply chain from the countryside in the East of England, with the opportunity for this successful project to be expanded to cover additional areas across England.

England Applicants' Focus Group

May 2014 - Briefing Paper from AFG meeting 

Minutes of all meetings can be found here

Forestry Regulation Task Force - putting action to the recommendations

The Government response to the Forestry Regulation Task Force Report was published by Defra on 27 March 2012. As a Government response a number of departments will be taking forward actions. They will not all rest with the Forestry Commission (FC).  Three substantive areas of work have been identified where close and/or iterative involvement of the forestry and timber sector, through the England Applicants' Focus Group (AFG), will be required to work up potential solutions. These are the development of:

  • Forestry grants for the next Rural Development Plan (RDP) period
  • A system of Earned Recognition
  • UKFS compliant Long Term Management Plan templates (LTMP)

More here.

England Woodland and Timber Partnership

The England Woodland and Timber Partnership (EWTP) works to promote the valuable contribution of the forest and woodland sector in England towards the sustainable development of the economy, environment and local communities, providing strategic advice to Government and other relevant organisations on issues relating to the forest sector.

Education & Development Working Group:

Skills and training - driving actions forward

Confor is represented on the England Skills and Training Working Group (hosted by the England Woodland Timber Partnership). Key activity areas for the group are detailed here.

Confor has been tasked with delivering three actions in the Skills Action Plan.  These are:

  • To ensure skills and training are a part of the development of the Woodfuel Suppliers' Group.
  • To facilitate careers advice at the APF.
  • To investigate the feasibility of a web based Careers Portal and drive the concept forward.

England Woodland Biodiversity Group

The England Woodland Biodiversity Group co-ordinates implementation of the woodland sector of the England Biodiversity Strategy and the Habitat Action Plans for Native Woodland in England.  Membership includes all key stakeholders, with secretariat support provided by Forestry Commission England.

European Squirrel Initiative

The European Squirrel Initiative was founded in June 2002. Its aim is to create, develop and maintain a campaign to win the support and commitment of governments throughout Europe in securing the future of the red squirrel through the effective control of the grey squirrel.

National Tree Safety Group

Confor participates in this group, formed following concerns expressed by various stakeholder organisations, primarily large landowners with responsibility for large tree stocks.  The group is seeking to find a sensible solution to the management of tree risk and public safety. 

Go to the NTSG website for more information.


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Confor England Newsletter - December 2014

National Forestry Forum

Confor's Caroline Harrison reports.

The National Forestry Forum met recently, at Defra.

Forestry minister David Heath re-emphasised the government's commitment to the forestry policy statement; Sir Harry Studholme, FC chairman, spoke about FC's perspective on progress made; Peter Bonfield, director, reported on Grown in Britain; Defra's Tom Surrey discussed progress on implementing commitments outlined in the policy statement; Richard Greenhous, director of FC England, explained the review of forestry functions, confirming that the three organisations (NE,EA,FC) would remain separate entities. Simon Hodgson, director of Forest Services (forestry authority) talked positively about the public forest estate management organisation, including an invitation to join in shaping this new management body (an opportunity not to be missed). Below are links to the documents speakers referred to. I will ask Defra for the presentations and transcripts of speeches.

Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE)

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is jointly funded by the EU, through the European Fund for Rural Development and the Government.  It has a budget of £3.9bn and will run till 2013.  Of the total budget, £3.3bn has been allocated to agri-environment and other land management schemes including Environmental Stewardship and the English Woodland Grant Scheme.  Some £600m has been made available to make agriculture and forestry more competitive and sustainable and to enhance opportunity in rural areas... read more

March 2013 - The end of the Current RDPE round and what it means to you. Read March 2013 FCE Grants and Lisences National Email Alert. Grant funding offered through the English Woodland Grant Scheme comes from the EU Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). The current programme finishes on the 31 December 2013. See Operations Note 029, ‘EWGS and RDPE Transition’ for more information.

Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme (FFIS) - FFIS is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is a scheme of support, developed to help farming, forestry and horticultural businesses in England to become more efficient at using resources. This scheme aims to help make your business more profitable and resilient whilst reducing the impact of farming on the environment.

English Woodland Grant Scheme

The Forestry Commission delivers the English Woodland Grant Scheme, providing financial support for the creation and management of woodlands to sustain and increase the delivery of public benefits.  EWGS is supported via the Rural Development Programme for England

Read FCE news alerts relating to Grants and Regulations here

Work carried out with grant support must meet the criteria set out in The UK Forestry Standard , the principal guide to the practice of sustainable forestry.

Before applying for a grant both you and your land must be registered - see more here.

For further information on funding for farm woodlands see here  


The UK Government is committed to combating climate change by reducing carbon emissions by 20% below 1990 levels by 2010 and 60% by 2050. Biomass, or plant matter that can be converted to fuel, which includes woodfuel, is a renewable source of energy that can make a contribution to achieving these targets.

The Forestry Commission's Woodfuel Strategy for England  was launched in 2007. The aim of the Strategy is to bring an additional two million tonnes (Mt) of wood into the market, annually, by 2020 saving 400,000 tonnes of carbon every year - the equivalent of 3.6 million barrels of crude oil and enough to supply 250,000 homes with energy. To help achieve this target efforts are being focused on the potential wood resource available in the 60% of English woodlands currently believed to be under-managed.


The NFU has launched a new website, with clear information about the links between badgers, cattle and TB: It is entirely aimed at the general public, but the site contains links to scientific research, comprehensive FAQs, pictures/videos, case studies, news and maps.

Technical information for farmers will remain in the TB channel on nfuonline here: and at a regional level, the southwest TB advisory service offers free, independent, confidential and practical assistance/support for any farmer.

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