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Free forestry deadline warning

Tuesday 20 May 2003

YORKSHIRE farmers and landowners considering forestry projects have until the end of this month to apply for virtual 100% grants - or miss their chance, the Country Land and Business Association warned today.

The Government has been making efforts to encourage more tree planting as a long term investment for farmers hit by falling produce prices via the Forestry Commission's Woodland Grant Scheme, which can cover virtually all costs involved in many cases.

But the scheme closes to applications for next year's planting at the end of May.

"Woodland on farms can shelter stock, crops and game making the farm more valuable and it can complement farm-based attractions," says the CLA Yorkshire's regional director Dorothy Fairburn.

"But in fact anybody is eligible for funding, provided they own the land or have a long lease and landlord consent. We believe that more people could take advantage of the grant scheme and provide a sustainable resource which contributes to increased economic activity and a better environment."

Further details and free, impartial advice can be obtained from the Yorkshire Woodland Initiative (Yorwoods) on 01748 826519 or the Forestry Commission 01904 448778.


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