SUSTAINABLE FARMING INCENTIVE – PILOT STARTING 2021 – FARM WOODLAND STANDARD
|ONE AMBITION LEVEL (£49 per hectare) – Additional payment for some actions|
|1. COMPLETE A WOODLAND CONDITION ASSESSMENT|
|Complete a woodland condition assessment once in the first year of your agreement.
You must complete the assessment for all parcels entered in the woodland standard. Each woodland parcel should contain at least one survey plot.
|2. ATTEND A WOODLAND THREATS WEBINAR|
|The webinar covers threats to your woodland such as:
You only need to attend the woodland threats awareness webinar once, ideally in the first year of your agreement.
The webinar will be available from October, when your agreement goes live.
|3. CREATE TEMPORARY OPEN SPACES AND MANAGE RIDES|
|Aim for approximately 15% of each woodland block to be temporary open space – you can have a minimum of 10% and maximum of 20%.
|1. EXPAND YOUR WOODLAND||2. MAINTAIN WOODLAND UNDER 15 YEARS OLD|
Plant between 0.1 and 0.5 hectares (ha), on arable or improved grassland next to established woodland only.
To qualify as improved grassland, the sward composition should include at least 2 of the following:
|If you maintain areas of woodland planted within the last 15 years you’ll get an extra £200/ha/year.
These notes, prepared on the 09.07.2021, are only to be used as a part of a wider discussion/decision-making process undertaken with Townsend Chartered Surveyors also giving accompanying advice. TCS cannot be held responsible for their use other than in this context or for any resulting misunderstanding or damages. As a pilot the payment values and actions required may be subject to change as Defra develops the scheme.