Date published: 12 October, 2023
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Table of Contents
- Grant support
- Application eligibility criteria
- Land ownership
- Eligible land
- Other eligibility criteria
- Supporting information
- Scoring criteria
- How to claim
- Technical guidance
- Recent changes
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This option provides support to prevent the spread of Phytophthora ramorum (P. ramorum).
This option helps with the restoration of forests affected by P. ramorum by supporting the work to remove affected trees and carry out subsequent replanting.
Grant support consists of a number of standard cost capital items. These are available for work to help prevent the spread of disease and restore affected woodlands. The eligible items are listed below in the table under eligible operations.
You can only claim for work that is undertaken once you have an approved contract, work completed before your contract is approved will not be eligible for support.
Application eligibility criteria
Your application and proposed work must comply with the UK Forestry Standard.
To be eligible for this grant you must own or lease the land. If you are a tenant or contractual licensee, you must:
- discuss the proposed application with your landlord to make sure it does not break the conditions of your tenancy or licence.
- submit a Landlord's Notification Form with your proposal. The control of the land must extend for the duration of the proposed contract.
If you are a contractual licensee then the Contractual License must be provided with your application. The control of the land must extend for the duration of the proposed contract.
If you are a crofter you may have to notify the Crofting Commission of your application. See the Crofting Commission website for further details.
Your site must have a Statutory Plant Health Notice (SPHN) served on it that specifically requires the area to be cleared within a defined timescale. Areas within the Priority Action Zone and Risk Reduction Zone are eligible for this option. Refer to the P. ramorum risks zones in the 'Tree Health' folder of the Scottish Forestry Map Viewer or view pdf map to confirm your application meets this requirement.
In addition to sites served with a SPHN, the Tree Health Restocking – Delivering Diversity and Resilience in Woodlands grant is also available on land within the designated Management Zone for P. ramorum. This grant will be paid on the affected land within either the Management Zone or the SPHN area and any other areas that are required for reasonable access as agreed with your local Conservancy office. If you receive the grant for Tree Health Restocking – Delivering Diversity and Resilience in Woodlands then you are not eligible for the Woodland Improvement Grant – Restructuring Regeneration grant on the same area of land.
We will only approve your application if you agree to replant any area of woodland that you clear. Restocking arrangements must be agreed with the Conservancy office at the time of application.
Other eligibility criteria
You must be or have a Scottish Forestry approved agent to qualify for the Agent Services capital items. This is our current list of approved agents.
If you would like to register as an approved agent, you must complete the agent pre-qualification questionnaire and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Capital grant operations that can be applied for under this option are listed in the table below.
'Per hectare of infected land' refers to the net area of the required operation (e.g. tree clearance, rhododendron control, cut, spray and burn) within the Statutory Plan Health Notice area boundary.
We need supporting information to help assess your application.
You must give the details listed below:
- a copy of your Statutory Plant Health Notice, where required
- provide maps that show the following information:
- perimeter of the affected area
- the individual associated capital elements
- restocking plans, where relevant
We have set agreed financial budgets for each of the options under the Forestry Grant Scheme.
In order to ensure that we make the most cost-effective use of the money available and to meet Scottish Government objectives, we will assess each application using scoring criteria.
The criteria will be written as appropriate to each Forestry Grant Scheme option; please refer to Scoring criteria and clearing process for details.
Each option within your application must meet the threshold score to be considered for approval. In achieving the threshold score, your option must score against each criterion except for additional benefit.
The scores will then be used as the basis for allocating funding on a competitive basis through the Forestry Grant Scheme clearing process.
Delivery of option benefits
1 POINT – for applications that meet the eligibility requirements but do not deliver any of the benefits detailed below.
3 POINTS – for applications that provide one or more of the following in addition to meeting the eligibility requirements:
- applications for the management of woodlands affected by (P. ramorum) which are located within the Priority Action Zone. Refer to the P. ramorum risks zones in the 'Tree Health' folder of the Scottish Forestry Map Viewer or view pdf map to confirm your application meets this requirement
5 POINTS – for applications that meet the three-point criteria above and the criteria below:
- for applications that propose work to achieve more resilience and diversity. Your application must clearly demonstrate opportunities have been taken to further diversify species composition on sites where these opportunities exist
Supplementary point – additional benefit
1 POINT – will be awarded, as an additional point, where:
- applications for woodlands affected by P. ramorum clearly demonstrate a commitment to remove the infected trees before the deadline of the SPHN.
How to claim
You must claim your capital items on the Forestry Grant Scheme manual Standard Costs Capital Items claim form.
Claim forms and guidance are available on the claims and payments page.
You should only submit a claim once you have satisfactorily completed the work.
We may inspect the capital grant operations you are claiming to ensure that the work has been carried out to the correct specification.
Information about P. ramorum
- more information about P. ramorum in Scotland, which provides advice and information, including information on wood movement and processing licences
- information about the P. Ramorum situation in the UK as a whole
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