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Woodfuel Woodland Improvement Grant (WIG)

Woodfuel Woodland Improvement Grant (WIG)

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The Woodfuel Woodland Improvement Grant (WIG) supports the sustainable production of woodfuel and other timber products.  Ngage has won the contract to deliver the new grant in the South East, and South West regions and the county of Cumbria, leading to grants totalling up to £7.5 million.

Value £7.5 million

The project will run between 2011 – September 2014


The main aim of the Woodfuel WIG is to reduce England’s CO2 emissions by 2 million tonnes per annum by increasing the availability and use of sustainably grown wood as a substitute for fossil fuels. The grant fund consists of 2 strands, Timber and Roads.   The Timber fund will pay towards professional support marketing timber from previously unmanaged woods. The Roads fund will support infrastructure projects to enable sustainable extraction of timber from woodland where it is currently inaccessible. This is the first time that the Forestry Commission has outsourced the administration of a grant scheme so progress is being carefully followed as a possible model for its future grants administration.


  • £3 million grants approved and 60,000m3 timber harvested in the South East
  • £3 million grants approved and 60,000m3 timber harvested in the South West
  • £1.5 million grants approved and 30,000m3 timber harvested in Cumbria


  • Forestry Commission England
  • Silvanus Trust
  • Chiltern Woodlands Project
  • Sylva Foundation
  • 8 Independent Consultants


The Woodfuel WIG funding has been secured by the Forestry Commission and is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Axis 1- improving the competitiveness of the agricultural and forestry sector.

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