Thorpe Trees has many years experience of offering advice, information and assistance to customers considering grants and stewardship schemes. From an initial chat to see which schemes may be suitable for you, to working up full applications and delivering the finished scheme, our team offers an unrivalled level of expertise in this area.

We have long associations with the Forestry Commission, Defra and other funding organisations and are currently assisting clients with The English Woodland Grant Scheme, The Farm Woodland Payments Scheme, The Environmental Stewardship Scheme and numerous Local Authority schemes.


We have helped customers obtain grants from Defra for many years and provide specific expertise in developing, costing and submitting your application to them. Defra currently offers:

The Environmental Stewardship Scheme, which incorporates the entry and higher level schemes, is aimed at providing funds to farmers and land managers in England for effective environmental management of their land.

The Entry Levels Scheme offers payment on a ‘whole farm’ basis for supporting the good stewardship of the land and is operated on a points scoring basis.

The Higher Level Scheme is designed to achieve a wide range of environmental benefits across the whole farm and provides funding for more targeted land management and a wide range of specific capital items which enhance the conservation value of the land.

Thorpe Trees offers advice to farmers and land managers to select which scheme would be most appropriate for them and to ensure that they are getting the maximum benefits within the relevant criteria.

Thorpe Trees has worked alongside the Forestry Commission for many years and offers guidance and advice to customers looking to apply to them for support. The Forestry Commission currently has two schemes, as follows:

The English Woodland Grant Scheme offers funds for the creation of new woodlands and the management of existing woods across the countryside.

This scheme features grants including:

The Woodland Creation Grant pays up to £2000 per hectare plus extra funding for woodlands in regional ‘Priority Areas’, woodlands close to populated areas, and for allowing public access and for meeting regional priority targets.

The Woodland Regeneration Grant assists with costs for either re-planting or supporting natural regeneration within existing woodlands.

Further grants are also available for woodland improvement operations and specific assessment and management projects.

Similar schemes are available in Scotland and Wales. These are subject to a scoring system where various criteria such as size, wildlife, landscape and public benefit are assessed.

Various conservation groups and charities may be able to assist with grant aid, and we are happy to assist with any applications to these bodies.

We also recommend that it is always worth contacting your local council for further information and advice.