Contracts – period of undertakings

Date published: 4 August, 2015

Introduction

When your Forestry Grant Scheme contract will expire is dependent upon the approved options in your contract.

You will be bound by the conditions of the contract from the date of approval until the required number of years after the date of approval, as shown in the table below.

Option Period of grant payment Period of contract
Woodland Creation – ConiferInitial planting + five years of maintenance20 years after contract approval
Woodland Creation – Diverse ConiferInitial planting + five years of maintenance20 years after contract approval
Woodland Creation – BroadleavesInitial planting + five years of maintenance20 years after contract approval
Woodland Creation – Native Scots PineInitial planting + five years of maintenance20 years after contract approval
Woodland Creation – Native Upland BirchInitial planting + five years of maintenance20 years after contract approval
Woodland Creation – Native BroadleavesInitial planting + five years of maintenance20 years after contract approval
Woodland Creation – Native Low-density BroadleavesInitial planting + five years of maintenance20 years after contract approval
Woodland Creation – Small or Farm WoodlandsInitial planting + five years of maintenance20 years after contract approval
Woodland Creation – Native Broadleaves in Northern and Western IslesInitial planting + five years of maintenance20 years after contract approval
AgroforestryInitial planting + five years of maintenance20 years after initial planting payment
Woodland Improvement Grant – Habitats and SpeciesPayment of agreed capital itemsSix years after the final capital item payment
Woodland Improvement Grant – Natural RegenerationPayment of agreed capital itemsSix years after the final capital item payment
Woodland Improvement Grant – Low Impact Silvicultural SystemsPayment of agreed capital itemsSix years after the final capital item payment
Woodland Improvement Grant – Woods In and Around TownsPayment of agreed capital itemsSix years after the final capital item payment
Woodland Improvement Grant – Long-term Forest PlanPayment of agreed capital itemsOne year after the final capital item payment
Woodland Improvement Grant – Forest Plan RenewalPayment of agreed capital itemsOne year after the final capital item payment
Woodland Improvement Grant – Woodland Grazing Management PlanPayment of agreed capital itemsOne year after the final capital item payment
Woodland Improvement Grant – Woods In and Around Towns – Urban Woodland Management PlanPayment of agreed capital itemsOne year after the final capital item payment
Woodland Improvement Grant – Deer Management PlanPayment of agreed capital itemsOne year after the final capital item payment
Woodland Improvement Grant – Restructuring RegenerationPayment of agreed capital items10 years after the final capital item payment
Sustainable Management of Forests – Low Impact Silvicultural SystemsPayments made annually for a period of five yearsOne year after final annual payment
Sustainable Management of Forests – Native WoodlandsPayments made annually for a period of five yearsOne year after final annual payment
Sustainable Management of Forests – Livestock ExclusionPayments made annually for a period of five yearsOne year after final annual payment
Sustainable Management of Forests – Woodland GrazingPayments made annually for a period of five yearsOne year after final annual payment
Sustainable Management of Forests – Public Access – Rural WoodsPayments made annually for a period of five yearsOne year after final annual payment
Sustainable Management of Forests – Public Access – Woods In and Around TownsPayments made annually for a period of five yearsOne year after final annual payment
Sustainable Management of Forests – Grey Squirrel ControlPayments made annually for a period of five yearsOne year after final annual payment
Sustainable Management of Forests – Predator Control for Capercaillie and Black GrousePayments made annually for a period of five yearsOne year after final annual payment
Sustainable Management of Forests – Reducing Deer ImpactPayments made annually for a period of five yearsOne year after final annual payment
Harvesting and ProcessingAgreed capital itemsSix years after final payment
Forest InfrastructureAgreed capital itemsSix years after final payment
Forestry Co-operationAgreed capital itemsOne year after final payment

Withdrawing from a contract

If you want to withdraw from a Forestry Grant Scheme contract, you should first contact you local conservancy office.

You may be required to repay any grants that you have already received, plus interest, unless you meet the force majeure or exceptional circumstances criteria.

Force majeure or exceptional circumstances

If you find you are no longer able to meet the conditions of your Forestry Grant Scheme contract, you should write to your local conservancy office as soon as possible.

You must explain the reason why and supply any relevant evidence. You may have to pay back some or all of the payments we have made to you, plus interest. You may also have to pay a penalty.

However, we would not seek recovery where you can provide evidence that the reason for the failure meets the strict conditions of force majeure or exceptional circumstances.

The criteria for this are set out in European Commission Regulation (EC) No 1306/2013 – Article 2.2 – and could be one of the following:

  • the death of the beneficiary
  • long-term professional incapacity of the beneficiary
  • a severe natural disaster gravely affecting the holding
  • an epizootic or plant disease affecting part or all of the beneficiary's livestock or crops
  • expropriation of all or a large part of the holding if that expropriation could not have been anticipated on the day of lodging the application

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