11.09.2012 0 Comments

Pots of gold don’t last for ever

Pots of gold don’t last for ever

You sometimes need to dig a little to find a pot of gold, but the Forestry Commission’s Woodfuel Woodland Improvement Grant (WIG) is right there, just waiting for you to stake your claim.

The Woodfuel WIG is a great opportunity for owners, managers and agents to start to manage woodlands and access the growing woodfuel market. You can take advantage of this time-limited opportunity to fund projects worth anything up to £250,000. The grant can cover 60% of your costs. But there is a deadline for applications. You will need to have an approved application in place by the end of December 2013.

I am here to guide you through the process so don’t let a few simple forms stop you from seizing your share of the pot.

The projects we support can be very simple; a recent example of a straight forward, practical project is Clinton Woods in Devon where old, existing tracks were widened to allow modern machinery into the woods so that timber could be economically transported to market. Sometimes all that is needed is a stacking and loading area, or a beefed-up stream crossing – no scheme is too small. At the other end of the scale we have supported large estates needing miles of new roads.

I would like to encourage you to think about projects that could allow your under-used areas of woodland to turn a profit. Once you can get to it, you can add value to your lower quality timber, perhaps by supplying your own heat needs or selling firewood locally with providers as firewood edinburgh. By using our grant to create good access into your wood, you can turn it into a productive asset – as well as increasing its capital value.

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…And you won’t need a metal-detector; just a quick search on our website is as deep as you need to dig.  On the site you will find a useful checklist for making an application, and you can read about how the Clinton Estate got there before you!

Woodfuel WIG Hub for grant applicants >

I and my colleagues will be on the Forestry Commission stand at the APF show 13-15th September; call by to have a chat about your project.

You can contact me, Mike Furness, on 01494 568970 or 07795 515 413, for more information. Or email me with your enquiry at Ngage mike.furness@ngagesolutions.co.uk.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Schultz