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Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant opens for applications

PUBLISHED: 16:01 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:05 02 January 2018

Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant opens for applications. Picture: NATURAL ENGLAND

Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant opens for applications. Picture: NATURAL ENGLAND

Natural England

A new Woodland Creation Grant has opened for applications.

The Countryside Stewardship scheme helps land managers reap the environmental and financial benefits of woodland creation with two-year capital grants of up to £6,800 per hectare, and the chance to apply for annual maintenance payments for 10 years.

Environment minister Thérèse Coffey said planting trees helped the environment in a number of ways.

“They provide a haven for wildlife, reduce flood risk and improve water quality – making them some of our most cherished assets,” she said.

Richard Greenhous, forest services director for the Forestry Commission, said planting trees on your land could also offer an alternative source of income, with local woodland officers providing advice and support throughout the application process. Landowners can also apply for a Woodland Creation Planning Grant.

Firefighters have attended a “rescue” in Ipswich.

Three residents at an Essex care home suffered smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a bedroom causing extensive damage to the building.

Firefighters have been called to a blaze in a residential street in Ipswich.

An appeal has been launched to find an Essex man wanted in connection with a failure to appear at court.

The University of Essex is among more than 60 institutions set for strike action next month over pensions – however staff at the University of Suffolk are not expected to take part.

The care received by patients was assessed by an independent panel

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