What is the Tree Production Capital Grant?

The Tree Production Capital Grant is a government-funded farming grant that provides financial assistance for the establishment, expansion, and improvement of woodland in England. The UK government has set ambitious targets to increase tree and woodland cover, with the goal of at least tripling tree planting rates by 2025 and reaching 16.5% tree and woodland cover by 2050. To achieve these targets, it’s crucial to increase UK production of tree planting material. That’s where the TPCG comes in. It supports projects that equip nurseries to supply the trees required for new woodlands and urban planting projects, and is part of the government’s Nature for Climate Fund. 

What criteria do you need to meet for the Tree Production Capital Grant? 

You also need to ensure that the trees produced are of high quality and diversity, and resilient to stresses such as climate change and pests and diseases. That means facilitating the supply of diverse planting material from a range of species and provenances. Stocking material should be of the highest possible quality to reduce planting losses and ensure the delivery of healthy trees thriving in the landscape. The grant can be used to fund projects of any size, from small-scale planting to large-scale projects. 

Where can you apply for the grant? 

The Tree Production Capital Grant is administered by the Forestry Commission, which is responsible for managing forestry and woodland in England. To apply for the grant, you’ll need to submit an application to the Forestry Commission, along with a detailed plan for your project. The application process is competitive, so it’s important to make sure your project is well-planned and meets all the necessary criteria. 

What are the benefits of the grant? 

Financial support 

There are several benefits to applying for the Tree Production Capital Grant. Firstly, the grant can provide a significant source of farm funding, covering up to 50% of the capital costs, up to £175,000. Make woodland creation or expansion more financially viable for farmers and landowners. 

Enviromental factors 

Establishing or expanding woodland can bring a range of environmental benefits. Trees help to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, improving air quality and reducing the impact of climate change. Woodland can also provide important habitats for wildlife, as well as opportunities for recreation and education. 

Economic benefits 

There are potential economic benefits to establishing or expanding woodland. Woodland can provide a source of sustainable timber, which can be used for a range of different purposes. It can also provide opportunities for agroforestry, where trees are grown alongside crops or livestock, providing additional sources of income. 

How can you ensure success with your application? 

To increase your chances of success with your application for the Tree Production Capital Grant, it’s important to ensure your project meets all the necessary criteria. This includes having a well-thought-out plan for your project, including details of the proposed location, species of trees to be planted, and the expected economic, environmental, and social benefits of the project. You should also make sure you have all the necessary permissions in place before submitting your application, including planning permission if required. It’s important to make sure your project is financially viable, and that you have the necessary funding in place to cover any costs not covered by the grant. 


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