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Forest Expansion Scheme

  • Created forest

  • Created habitats
  • Northern Ireland


The fund encourages the creation of new forest blocks of at least 3 hectares and larger. The main benefit delivered under the scheme is to increase carbon capture (sequestration) and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Secondary benefits from the scheme include: the production of timber and wood for processing and marketing including material for renewable energy systems; improved biodiversity; improved water quality and public amenity value.

Fund manager & award size


The award size is variable as both establishment grants and annual premia (compensating for agricultural income forgone) are available. See the fund website for additional details.


Grants are available for land owners, including: farmers, landowners and estate owners, charitable organisations, Local Councils (Establishment Grant Only). Government bodies and agencies are not eligible to apply for Forestry Grant Schemes. See the fund website for additional details.

How to apply

See the fund website for guidance.


Application deadline

The scheme is currently open for applications until 31 August 2023. See the fund website for updates.

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