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Glastir Woodland scheme

Background to Glastir schemes

Glastir is the Welsh Government’s sustainable land management scheme, through which financial support is offered to farmers and land managers. It is funded by the Welsh Government’s Rural Development Programme 2014-20. It pays for the delivery of specific environmental goods and services aimed at:

  • combating climate change
  • improving water management
  • maintaining and enhancing biodiversity

Comprehensive information about the Glastir scheme is provided on the Welsh Government’s website, including rule booklets, guides, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and application forms.

There are several different strands of the Glastir scheme, three of which are relevant to forestry: Glastir Advanced, Glastir Small Grants and Glastir Woodlands (covering Glastir Woodland Creation, Glastir Woodland Management and Glastir Woodland Restoration).

Glastir is administered by the Welsh Government and NRW  supports the technical delivery and strategic policy and guidance  of  the scheme: 

Type of Glastir Scheme NRW involvement
Glastir Advanced:

Provision of policy and technical guidance to support the Glastir Advanced schemes, Felling licence application, Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) opinion, European Protected Species licences, consents for proposals on designated sites.

Glastir Small Grants

Provision of policy and technical guidance to support Glastir Small Grants schemes, consents for proposals on designated sites.
Glastir Woodland Creation (GWC): Verification of GWC schemes, provision of policy and technical guidance to support new woodland creation, Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) opinion, European Protected Species licences, consents for proposals on designated sites.

Glastir Woodland Restoration (GWR):

Verification of GWR schemes within Planted Ancient Woodland Sites (PAWS), provision of policy and technical guidance to support woodland restoration, Felling licence application, Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) opinion, European Protected Species licences, consents for proposals on designated sites (applicants need to apply for these licences before submitting a GWR Expression of Interest).

Glastir Woodland Management (GWM)

A GWM Expression of Interest window is not currently planned. Customers can register with the newsletter which will carry current scheme information as it becomes available.

Glastir Woodland Creation scheme 

If considering new planting, an important first step is to look on the Lle “Glastir Woodland Creation – Opportunities” map.

The on-line browser map identifies areas in Wales which are most suited to new woodland creation and provides information for applicants and land managers who want to plant trees on their land.

Under the Glastir Woodland Creation scheme, NRW requires every applicant to submit a plan identifying the proposed area of new planting. We assess this information to advise whether new planting proposals meet Glastir scheme rules, the UK Forestry Standard and value for money requirements. This process is known as verification and our role is to balance the environmental, economic and social benefits of woodlands, and take all reasonable steps to maintain and enhance the living organisms and habitats listed under the Environment (Wales) Act 2016.

To support this process, we have produced and updated a range of policies and guidance notes to support Glastir Woodland Creation plan compliance. 

Information and guidance on tree species diversity and selection may also be helpful in relation to new woodland creation.

Our Glastir Woodland Creation verification role sits independently of our role as Regulatory Authority under the Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017. In accordance with these regulations, we will determine whether new planting proposals are likely to have a significant effect on the environment.

In most cases, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) opinion will be made as part of the Glastir Woodland Creation verification process and a separate EIA opinion form will not be needed. For larger, more complex Glastir Woodland Creation proposals, an EIA opinion form can be submitted independently to find out whether our consent is required and whether an EIA Statement is needed. For more information, refer to:-

Contact the Glastir team glastirqueries@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk for further information.

Glastir Woodland Restoration schemes

In Wales more than 20% of larch woodlands have been infected by the fungal pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. The Glastir Woodland Restoration scheme has been developed to enable woodlands infected by Phytophthora ramorum and stands of larch, to be replanted to help slow down the spread of the disease. When a woodland is clear-felled, the GWR scheme provides an opportunity to diversify tree species to increase the resilience to climate change and damage from pests and diseases and increase the naturalness of Planted Ancient Woodlands (PAWS). 

Under the Glastir Woodland Restoration scheme, NRW assess all proposals that include Plantations on Ancient Woodlands Sites (PAWS) restoration. As part of this role NRW requires every applicant to submit a plan to show PAWS to be restocked, which must comply with the UK Forestry Standard and Plantations on Ancient Woodlands Sites restoration guidance.

You may submit a Glastir Woodland Restoration expression of interest if you have been issued with a felling licence containing larch, a felling licence application number or a Statutory Plant Health Notice.

Glastir Woodland bulletins

NRW have written bulletins to support registered woodland planners to write Glastir Woodland plans. The bulletins include information on new or revised policies and guidance eg acid sensitive catchments, tree species diversity, and provide updates on the Glastir Woodland schemes.

Related document downloads

GWC Bulletin 1 November 2015 WORD [123.0 KB]
GWC Bulletin 2 18 December 2015 PDF [281.5 KB]
Glastir Bulletin 3 18 March 2016 PDF [354.5 KB]
Glastir Bulletin 4 June 2016 PDF [408.9 KB]
Glastir Bulletin 5 5 April 2018 PDF [451.6 KB]

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