Forestry England Woodland Partnership Programme

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Grow the nation’s forests

The Forestry England Woodland Partnership Programme, funded by Defra, is a woodland creation scheme through which we lease your land, provide our expertise in creating and managing woodlands, and pay you a rent.

Creating new woodlands that work for everyone

Creating new woodlands in this way supports government plans for woodland creation, nature recovery and progress towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It's a unique offer benefiting both public and private landowners, where we pay you a rent and put our expertise and resources into creating and managing resilient, thriving woodlands on your behalf.

Available to local authorities, farmers and private landowners

If you’re a local authority, farmer or private landowner we’d be pleased to talk to you about how this opportunity can benefit you, your local communities and the wider environment. You can apply at any time. For companies looking to partner with Forestry England to create new woodlands please get in touch .

Download a woodland partnership brochure below to read full details about the Forestry England Woodland Partnership Programme.

Building your business

Land management in England is evolving and payment schemes are changing. Public goods are being prioritised, and the drive for a greener future is gathering pace. In this changing economic climate, diversifying your land portfolio is one way to help your business thrive in the future - creating woodland is an opportunity to do just that. 

Creating a large new woodland has its challenges and there are choices to be made; each route below involves different levels of effort and financial reward.

Doing it all yourself

If you’re new to tree planting and forest management this will require capital investment, expertise, and significant time from you. Most of the risk, investment and the income will be yours. 

Paying an agent

Bringing in a ‘main contractor’ can reduce the amount of hands-on time you need to commit, and expert input reduces some of the risks and ensures excellent woodland creation projects. However, professional help carries costs and will require investment from you.

Lease with guaranteed income

This is where we come in. Forestry England can partner with you to create and manage woodland on your land, providing you with guaranteed rental income through our innovative land lease model. We take most of the risk, do most of the work and, of course we expect to see an income too. Our income does not affect the rent we pay you. 

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We have tender opportunities for spring planting

All woodlands created by Forestry England will be optimised for environmental, social and economic benefits. These woodlands will be publicly accessible for the period of the lease and will meet Woodland Carbon Code standards to allow for future carbon trading. 

How the Woodland Partnership Programme works

Lease

We negotiate an option and lease with you for a land parcel of at least 50 hectares for at least 60 years. You will receive a rental payment for every year of the lease

Plant, protect and manage

Forestry England secures approval for the project, prepares the site, plants the trees, protects and manages the woodland for the duration of the lease period 

Income and investment

You receive a regular, secure income and will own a thriving, well-managed woodland on your property 

Benefits

Over the lease the financial benefits flow to both you and us, and the woodland also provides public goods for you and your community, including health and wellbeing benefits, thriving wildlife habitats and improved biodiversity.

Ready to apply?

What our partnership can do for you and for your community

As well as provide you with a rent payment for the duration of the lease, these new woodlands will provide public access and health and wellbeing opportunities to your local communities.

Once established, the woodlands will also bring benefits to the wider landscape by providing thriving wildlife habitats to boost biodiversity, improving air quality and helping mitigate soil erosion and flooding. 

Working with us means you will be drawing on over 100 years of expertise in successful woodland management. Find out more about having us as a partner.

Download the woodland creation brochure to read the full details on the Forestry England Woodland Partnership. 

Spring 2024 planting tender opportunities

We have a woodland creation programme for 2024/25 of nearly 700ha. We anticipate significant plantable areas in Devon, Norfolk and the Midlands. Eligible, pre-qualified organisations will be notified through our electronic procurement system and will be invited to bid on opportunities in the geographical area they have expressed interest in.

How to register

If you’re not already enrolled, follow this link to register. If you’re approved, you’ll be automatically contacted when the mini tender opportunity is live. When completing the questionnaire, use the following codes under ‘Tender response’ to show which area you’re registering for:

  • Yorkshire district: 545285F356
  • Central district: 23D8FHA7JD
  • East district: BG3PZE5TDU
  • West district: 4KNP9ZF26M

There are currently no opportunities for South district.

Our latest woodland creation projects...

York Community Woodland - a visualisation

York Community Woodland is a 76-hectare woodland being grown near the village of Knapton to the west of York.

Ground preparation for Rushy Knowe tree planting in Kielder Forest

Rushy Knowe is a 145 hectare site in Northumberland where we are planting a new woodland.

View of fields at Pleasant Forest soon to become new woodland

Pleasant Farm is a 127 hectare site for a new woodland in Kent.

Sence Valley new land centenary

To celebrate our centenary year in 2019, we purchased 48 hectares of land next to the existing forest at Sence Valley in Leicestershire.