₤ 3.25 million readily available for the production and repair of forests along the HS2 Stage One path

Kenilworth, Warwickshire: Building diggers and workers dealing with HS2 train line near a wood in Might 2020.

The HS2 Forest Fund has actually re-opened for applications (on Tuesday 30 Might), supporting jobs that produce and bring back forest along the High Speed 2 (HS2) Stage One path.

The HS2 Forest Fund has actually resumed to brand-new applications (on 30 Might), with ₤ 3.25 m readily available to support forest production and the repair of plantations of ancient forest websites (PAWS). Very first introduced in November 2017 and handled by the Forestry Commission on behalf of HS2 Ltd, the fund is readily available for landowners found as much as 25 miles from stage among the path from London to the West Midlands.

The Forest Development element of the fund will now be readily available under the Forestry Commission’s England Forest Development Deal (EWCO). Financing for the repair of PAWS will stay as a standalone deal and will be open to applications over the next 2 years. Applications will be evaluated 4 times annually, with the very first due date on 30 June 2023.

Sir William Worsley, Forestry Commission Chair, stated:

” We should guarantee that forests and environments affected by HS2 are successfully brought back and secured.

” By helping with the production of brand-new forest, and bringing brand-new life to ancient forests, the HS2 Forest Fund will continue to contribute in making sure that any loss from the job is adequately made up for.”

HS2’s Biodiversity Lead David Prys-Jones stated:

” The HS2 Forest Fund, an element of our substantial Green Passage ecological program, is created to assist landowners close to the HS2 path produce brand-new native, broadleaved forests and bring back existing ancient forest websites.

” This forms part of HS2’s larger technique to produce a network of larger, better-connected, environment resistant environments and brand-new green areas for individuals and wildlife to take pleasure in.”

Qualified landowners are motivated to consider their strategies and talk about possible applications with the Forestry Commission Application are readily available from https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hs2-woodland-fund A brand-new case research study is likewise readily available to check out a landowner’s experience of using to the HS2 Forest Fund and bring back an ancient forest website. To plant trees in the 2023/24 planting season applications will require to be gotten by 30 June 2023.

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