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Presentation given at the CLA's Woodfuel Conference at Doddington Hall on Wednesday 30 October by Steve Scott, Forestry Commission - East and East Midlands.

Presentation given at the CLA's Woodfuel Conference at Doddington Hall on Wednesday 30 October by Steve Scott, Forestry Commission - East and East Midlands.

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Forestry Commission Funding Update Forestry Commission Funding Update Presentation Transcript

  • Forestry grants update Steve Scott
  • I plan to cover….. • EWGS grants under the existing programme and transition arrangements • The closure of Woodfuel East and the Wild Venison Project in the East of England • A glimpse at the new RDP
  • Current Rural Development Programme
  • RDPE Transition – overall picture v3.1 2013 2014 2015 EWGS – All schemes except WMG New Applications must be Submitted by 31/08/2013 (to maximise likelihood of approval by 31/12/2013, pending EU/Defra confirmation of 2014 applications) EWGS – WMG Biodiversity New Applications Submitted by 31/12/2013 Must be Approved by 15/05/2014 EWGS – WAG – WPG – WIG - WRG New Applications continue Approving up to 31/12/2013 Planning for applications continuing into 2014, to be confirmed by EU/Defra EWGS – Woodfuel WIG New applications continue Approving up to 31/12/2013 Planning for applications continuing into 2014, EWGS – WCG & FWP New applications Submitted by 30/08/2013, must be approved by 31/12/2013 First claim year available: 13/14: WAG, WPG, Woodfuel WIG, Plant Health WIG, Plant Health WRG 14/15: All other grant types, except WMG Access which is CLOSED 4 Must be Claimed by 30/09/2015 To receive FWP must be claimed by 30/09/2015
  • RDPE Transition – claims and Management Plan requirement 2013 2014 2015 2016 on… WMG Automatic first claim Oct 2014 Mgt Plan req’d: Depends on size and whether certified – see EWGS6 Guide Woodfuel WIG Must be claimed by 30/09/2015. Mgt Plan req’d: YES WIG/WRG/WAG* First claim before 01/04/2015: Mgt Plan req’d: NO WIG/WRG/WAG* Note: if first claim is before 01/04/2015 any further claims up to 31/12/2015 do not need a management plan either WIG/WRG/WAG* First claim after 31/03/2015: Mgt Plan req’d: YES WCG Mgt Plan req’d: NO – the planting plan is taken as a management plan FWP Note: in order to claim FWP claims must be made by 30/09/2015 5 *WAG: Note that if a WAG is in support of a WPG application then it obviously won‟t need an existing management plan WIG/WRG/WAG* Any claim on or after 01/01/2016: Mgt Plan req’d: YES (regardless of when first claim made)
  • Woodfuel East and the Wild Venison Project
  • WFE and WVP • • • • 7 Applied only to the East of England EU projects bringing in c £5m funding since 2009 Extremely successful Now closed –all money spent and final paperwork being tidied
  • Support to the Forestry Sector in the Next Rural Development Programme
  • Two types of grant 1. Similar suite of in-forest grants to EWGS anticipated (albeit delivered through a joint Environment land Management Scheme) 2. “Forest Productivity” grants available through Defra • 9 Consultation due shortly!
  • It’s the supply chain… • Series of (locally-) targeted projects on two themes: • Woodland Enterprise and Supply Chain • Deer Management and Venison Supply Chain • Use the positive interaction between • land-based grants (NELMS) • measures to support economic growth, competiveness and skills • to use collaboration and innovation • to make a step-change in the viability and impact of local supply chains • will need a „critical mass‟ of participating businesses/landowners, resources with sufficient focus • aim for there to be greater market (and smaller government) support in the future 10
  • Woodland enterprise and supply chain • Need to increase area of actively managed woodland • Market failure • Collaboration to work across fragmented resource • Complement the demand from Grown in Britain
  • Objectives m1 • Promote resource efficiency within the sector • Shorten supply chains • Support economic growth • Improve the resilience of woodlands
  • Possible support • Preparatory stage: a national framework – establishing and sharing data on the resource and markets • Supply chain clusters – networks to share processes, facilities and resources; collaboration in support of efficiencies; development of new products and markets • Training and skills – developing a customer focus amongst growers and managers; business planning and development skills, mentoring • Capital equipment – for harvesting, extraction and storage
  • Delivery • Landscape-scale approach • Groups of contractors, forest managers, woodland initiatives and other interested parties bid to put together a package of local activities • Local steering group or board
  • Forestry Support - activity Forestry support New Environmental Land Management Scheme (part) Forestry Productivity (deer and wood) Business Development Management Planning Training and skills In-wood infrastructure Collaboration Deer Management Capital equipment processing Monitoring Out of wood infrastructure 15
  • Possible architecture for delivery For simplicity excludes role of growth programme and LEPS. Defra Sector & FC National Framework Productivity (Delivery Body e.g. RDT) New Environmental Land Management Scheme (NELMS) (Delivery Body – NE & FC) Individual wood or landholding 16 Individual wood or enterprise Sector & FC area teams Enabling (Local) Collaborative Partnerships Individual wood or enterprise Individual wood or enterprise Individual wood or enterprise Individual wood or enterprise
  • How it might work • Periodic call for proposals • Appraised nationally and awards made to successful bids • Up to 6 years‟ funding for a projects • At this (early) stage indicative scale for the lifecycle of a „typical‟ project would be: Project Type Woodland enterprise and supply chain Deer management and venison supply chain Productivity NELMS * £5m £3m £0.5m £ 3m * Not allocated to a given project but through individual land-based applications 17
  • Questions?