Re-launch of Forest Expansion Scheme announced

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Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Farmers and landowners in Northern Ireland can once again make the most of a government forestry grant. 

The Forest Expansion Scheme (FES) – comes from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), and is the next stage of the Forests for our Future programme launched by Environment Minister Edwin Poots. 



The first tranche opened on Monday 8 June, but be quick – the closing date for applications is Friday 28 August. 

The FES is part of the Department’s Rural Development Programme and is designed to tackle specific environmental needs, mainly relating to water quality and biodiversity.

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The grant covers the creation of woodland of 3 hectares (7 ½ acres) and larger, including tree protection, fencing costs and retention of area-based basic payments for the lifetime of the scheme.

It also adds to a whole suite of grants and offers that support the creation of traditional orchards; native hedgerows; and new native woodland on areas less than 3 Hectares (7 ½ acres).



Gregor Fulton, Northern Ireland estate and outreach manager said, “This is an unmissable opportunity for farmers and landowners. 

“We hope they’ll be inspired to enquire about and make the most of, the grants on offer.

“The benefits of planting native trees are endless, providing winter shelter and summer shade for livestock; shelter for crops; or sustainable supplies of wood fuel. 

“And native trees planted along riverbanks can help the environment while stopping money from, literally, going down the drain. 



He added, “They help by filtering the run-off of manure and fertiliser, especially following heavy rainfall.”

You can contact the Trust’s woodland creation team on 0330 333 5303 or email for impartial advice on the full range of grants available.


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