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Woodland Matters

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In all of the talk about Common Agricultural Policy reform over the last few months including all those technical policy concepts such as greening, modulation and budgets, a simple fact has slipped unnoticed under the radar. During 2014 and 2015 there will be no funds to allow any new entrants into woodland creation or woodland management schemes in England. This affects landowners, conservation groups, communities, local authorities – anyone wanting to plant trees.

True, if you had rushed to get your forms in by August 2013 and your application is signed off by the end of December, you can carry on planting in 2014 and 2015. And if you are already in an existing five year contract with the Forestry Commission for woodland management or creation management, you will continue to get paid until your…

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