On the 13 July 2021, the Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters announced this new scheme.
The Woodland Investment Grant (TWIG) is part of the National Forest for Wales programme. It will provide financial support for people to:
- create new woodlands
- make improvements to existing woodlands
which meet the standards of the National Forest. The grant can be coupled with other forms of funding. This will create high quality, multi-purpose woodlands. The first window for applications ran from the 14 July until 27 August and was open to applications from:
- those with full management control of public and private land
Key features included:
- a capital budget for this window of £2.5 million, plus revenue budget of £250,000
- 100% funding
- a maximum grant award per application of up to £250,000 and a minimum of £10,000
- you may apply for revenue funding up to 10% of the total project cost
- the project and costs incurred must be completed by 31 March 2022
Each project will initially be assessed on:
- value for money
- fit with the long-term vision for the National Forest
- whether it can be achieved by 31 March 2022
- the long-term sustainability of the woodlands
The three essential outcomes are:
- good quality, well designed and managed resilient woodlands
- woodlands accessible to people
- community involvement in woodlands
The highly desirable outcomes are:
- connected woodlands
- dynamic, multi-purpose woodlands and trees
- woodlands that demonstrate learning, research and innovation
The greater the contribution a project can make to the National Forest outcomes, the more likely we are to recommend it for selection.
Webinar and presentation
On 21 July 2021 we hosted a webinar on The Woodland Investment Grant (TWIG). This is now available on our YouTube National Forest for Wales playlist. In it, we discuss the details of the scheme, its key objectives and outcomes.
We have collated Woodland Investment Grant: questions and answers arising from interested parties attending the webinar.