New woodland creation and management of existing woodland will continue to be well-supported in the CSGN through the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2014 – 2020 Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) which will be delivered jointly by Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) and Rural Payments and Inspections Division (RPID). The scheme will open to applications in March or April 2015.

The FGS includes a new CSGN Contribution to support new woodland planting in the CSGN. Eligible proposals will receive either £2,500/ha or £750/ha on top of selected woodland creation planting option payments. New planting must support the delivery of the relevant Forestry & Woodland Strategy and payment is capped at 40ha per proposal. Full guidance and supporting information will be available shortly but meantime, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details

Funding for urban woodland management will continue to be available through Woods In and Around Towns (WIAT) under the new Woodland Improvement Grants – WIAT and Sustainable Management of Forests - WIAT options.

A full overview of the new SRDP 2014 - 2020 is available at on the new Rural Payments and Services web portal.

To support the launch of the scheme, Forestry Commission Scotland are running a series of seminar events in March and April for woodland owners and forestry agents. The linked PDF provides further information, dates, locations and booking details.