25.09.2014 0 Comments

If you go down to the woods today…

If you go down to the woods today…

The sustainable woodland scheme celebrates as £3.5 million in grants are handed out and 720,000 tonnes of CO2 are saved!

The Woodfuel Woodland Improvement Grant (WIG), which supports the sustainable production of woodfuel and other timber products, has distributed £3.5million in grants to 220 applicants at an average of £16,000 per grant. As an indication of the scope and size of projects delivered, six of the grants were worth more than £100,000 with the largest grant being for £170,000, while the smallest grant was £630, one of around 20 grants of under £1,000.

The grant scheme has a goal of supporting sustainability and bringing about positive environmental outcomes, which is why it’s great to see that over 720,000 tonnes of CO2 have been saved as a result of the work funded. The scheme supported woodlands across a total area of over 14,000 hectares, meaning it supported nearly as much woodland as all of that within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The Woodfuel WIG project is the first scheme of its kind outsourced by the Forestry Commission after Ngage won the contract to deliver grants across the South East, South West and Cumbria.

Find out more about Woodfuel WIG

Photo credit: John Morris