The £13 million fund will help landowners plant more trees to protect wildlife, boost the timber sector and reduce flood risk.
The fund – part of the Countryside Stewardship scheme – will help plant more than 3 million trees, creating 1,900 hectares of new woodland and contributing to the government’s ambition to plant 11 million trees, with a further one million in towns and cities.
Dr Coffey commented;
“Our forests and woodlands are vital for providing timber, improving the environment and protecting our wildlife.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates the government’s ongoing commitment to the forestry sector and to biodiversity, which afforestation delivers. I hope to see as many applications as possible so this important industry can continue to thrive.
A range of grants are available to support the creation of new woodland and sustainable woodland management, with Forestry Commission online advice available on the application process.