Woodland Creation – Native Broadleaves

This is an old version of the page

Date published: 30 March, 2015

Date superseded: 2 July, 2015

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The aim of this scheme is to create native broadleaved priority woodland habitats of the following National Vegetation Classification (NVC) types:

  • W6 Alder with stinging nettle
  • W7 Alder-ash with yellow pimpernel
  • W8 Ash, field maple with stinging nettle
  • W9 Ash, Rowan with Dog's mercury
  • W10 Oak (Penduculate) with bluebell / wild hyacinth
  • W11 Oak (Sessile), Downy birch with bluebell / wild hyacinth
  • W16 Oak, Birch
  • W17 Oak (Sessile), Downy birch with bilberry / blaeberry

Eligibility criteria

You must meet all eligibility criteria listed in the Woodland Creation page and:

  • you must comply with the UK Forestry Standard
  • the minimum planting width is 15 metres
  • the minimum block size is 0.25 hectares in any one year
  • your application must meet the species composition criteria in the table below

Composition of native broadleaved woodland
Item Minimum
(per cent)
(per cent)
Minimum stocking density
on the planted area
at year five (per hectare)
Native broadleaves
National Vegetation Classification
type detailed above [1]
Designed open ground [2]015n/a
[1] In order to comply with UKFS no more than 75 per cent is permitted for a single species. Up to 10 per cent native Scots pine is permitted on sites within the pinewood zone to allow micro-site planting, and up to 20 per cent of the native broadleaves can be native woody shrubs as recommended for this National Vegetation Classification woodland type in Forestry Commission Bulletin 112.

In recognition of the special significance of Scots pine in mainland Scotland, out with the pinewood zone, up to 5% of Scots pine, of a suitable Scottish provenance, may be incorporated, where careful site evaluation indicates that it would be appropriate and deliver silvicultural benefits.

[2] You must refer to the designed open ground guidance on the Forestry Commission Scotland Technical Support page to see how designed open ground will apply to your application. For example additional open ground, in excess of the specified percentage, may be permissible depending on the specifics of the site, but will not be eligible for grant support.

Please note that in order to achieve 100 per cent from the table above you will not be able to select all minimum or all of the maximum values.

Species selection

As an initial first step in determining whether or not the site is climatically suitable, you should view the Forestry Grant Scheme (2014–2020) Site Suitability folder on the Forestry Commission Scotland Map Viewer page.

You should also demonstrate that the chosen National Vegetation Classification woodland type(s) is appropriate to the site, which will be determined by existing vegetation indicators (refer to Forestry Commission Bulletin 112 – Creating New Native Woodlands), as well as climatic conditions, soil moisture and soil nutrient regimes.

Any applications that are not shown as being climatically suitable will only be considered if you can clearly demonstrate that the site is suitable for the chosen species of trees, for example where there is localised shelter in an otherwise exposed location.

As per the eligibility criteria of the woodland creation general guidance the tree species must be suitable or very suitable to the site.

For all native broadleaves and native Scots pine planted within this option, you must provide a copy of the supplier's document when submitting an initial planting claim (see Forestry Commission Scotland Technical Support for an example document).

As well as entering the quantity of trees and the Master Certificate Number on the suppliers document, you should also include the region of provenance, demonstrating that the trees are suitable for the site (refer to Forestry Commission Scotland guidance on Seed sources for planting native trees and shrubs in Scotland).

See the Forestry Commission's Marketing and Supplying Forest Reproductive Materials for further information.