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Economic Evaluation of Woodland Creation under WGS and FWPS - ER02041

Forestry policy in England aims for sustainable management of existing woods and forests and a continued steady expansion of woodland area to provide more benefits for society and the environment. The Forestry Commission's Woodland Grant Scheme (WGS) (dating from 1988) includes grants for expanding or creating new woodlands. The stated aims for new planting under the WGS are to encourage the creation of new woodlands and forests, to improve the economy and the environment of rural areas and to provide an alternative use for agricultural land. Defra's Farm Woodland Premium Scheme (FWPS) (current scheme dates from 1997) pays compensation for income losses as a result of the conversion of agricultural land to woodland. The stated aim of the FWPS is environmental but it also encourages landowners to realise the economic potential of woodlands as a sustainable land use.

The evaluation will assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the FWPS and the WGS, particularly within the context of delivering the broader objectives of the England Forestry Strategy, the England Rural Development Programme and the Structural Funds' Objectives
Project Documents
• Executive Summary : Economic Evaluation of Woodland Creation under WGS and FWPS   (125k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2002

Cost: £47,725
Contractor / Funded Organisations
CJC Consulting
Economic Policy Evaluation              
Farm Woodland Premium Scheme              
Farm Woodlands              
Woodland Grant Scheme              
Woodland management