Preparing for tree and woodland planting

The Welsh Government offers a range of grants for woodland creation. The grants are available throughout the year and can be used to help you plan and develop your new woodland.

Check if your land is suitable for tree planting

You will need to check that your land is suitable for tree planting before applying for any grants.

You will need to own the land and register as the legal landowner or have full management control of the land before you can plant any trees. If you don’t own the land you will need permission to plant your trees from the legal landowner. You can find out who owns the land on the Land Registry website.

Planting a single tree

Every household in Wales is being offered a free tree, to help tackle the climate crisis.

You can apply for a free tree to plant or if you don’t have the space you can get a tree planted on your behalf.

Apply for a free tree

If you are planting a single tree in your garden or on another piece of land, you will need to consider:

  • if you are planting trees near any buildings, consider the size that the tree will grow to
  • if roots and branches spread far and wide, they could cause structural damage
  • not growing trees in pots as they would outgrow them and suffer stress if moved at a later stage

The Woodland Trust has good advice for the best British trees and shrubs for gardens. 

Small Grants Woodland Creation scheme

If you are planting more than 0.1 hectares (0.25 acres) and less than two hectares (4.94 acres), you can apply for the Small Grants Woodland Creation Scheme. Your land must be in a low sensitivity area.

If your land is not in a low sensitivity area, or is over two hectares, you will need to apply for the Woodland Creation Planning Scheme

Woodland Creation Planning Scheme

You can apply for the Woodland Creation Planning Scheme if your land is at least 0.25 hectares (0.62 acres) in size. If you are planting less than two hectares (less than 4.94 acres) in a low sensitivity area, you can apply for the Small Grants Woodland Creation scheme.

The scheme offers grants of between £1,000 to £5,000 to develop plans for new woodland creation. The funding will allow you to use a registered woodland planner to develop a woodland creation plan.

You should check if your land has any sensitive areas:

  • archaeological sites
  • protected areas of land
  • areas of outstanding natural beauty
  • sites with rare or protected species
  • main rivers, flood defences, acid sensitive catchments and waterbodies
  • scheduled ancient monuments
  • historic parks and gardens
  • UNESCO sites
  • national parks
  • public rights of way, open access land or common land 

Once Natural Resources Wales has approved your woodland creation plan, you can apply for the Woodland Creation Grant scheme to get funding for tree planting.

The Woodland Investment Grant

The Woodland Investment Grant is for landowners to create woodlands for local communities to use. Find out more about the Woodland Investment Grant.

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