Hedgerows are an important part of the Allen Valleys Landscape. They act as living fences and provide valuable habitat for wildlife. However, it has been identified that the hedgerow network within the Allen Valleys is in poor condition.
The Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership Scheme has identified a need to protect and restore hedgerows and field trees as important landscape features of the future.
Through the Allen Valleys Trees and Hedgerows Grant supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund the partnership can provide support for hedgerow restoration and field tree planting across the Allen Valleys. There are also opportunities for woodland creation and management.
The grant will provide 50% of the costs involved in restoring, planting and protecting hedgerows and trees.
Aims of the Grant
- To fund restoration of hedgerows, securing their long term future within the Allen Valleys.
- To maintain and/or increase tree and hedgerow cover in the Allen Valleys for the benefit of biodiversity and in keeping with the landscape character.
- To ensure that trees and Hedgerows are planted in the appropriate places, using appropriate species, where they will fit the landscape character and will support biodiversity.
Works Eligible for the Grant
The Allen Valleys Trees and Hedgerows Grant is available for the following:
- Hedgerow restoration by laying, coppicing and gapping up
- Planting hedgerows and field trees
- Protective fencing where appropriate
Who can Apply?
Any individual or organisation can apply for the grant. Whoever applies must be able to control the management of the land for the length of the agreement (10 years).
The Application Process
Applying for the grant is easy. If you would like to apply firstly express your interest by contacting Jodie either by going into the Allendale office, calling 01434 683 517 or emailing Emma Wright
We will then arrange to visit the site with you to assess the sites suitability for the grant. If it is agreed that the site is suitable then an application form can be filled in on the same visit.
You will then receive a grant offer letter, which will state the proposed works to be completed, the timescale and the amount of grant that has been awarded.