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|
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 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.
- GN002 Glastir Woodland Creation planners’ guide- identifies and addresses all sensitivities which may impact on a woodland creation scheme. This will help to maximise the chances of a GWC planting scheme being successfully verified in compliance with the UK Forestry Standard
- GN009 Providing additional evidence to support Glastir Woodland Creation applications - identifies priority habitats and sets out how to provide photographs and commission an ecological survey to provide evidence for the verification of a GWC's scheme in compliance with the UK Forestry Standard
- Glastir Woodland Creation examples - two examples of GWC plans and geo.pdf maps for a large and small GWC scheme
- Tree Planting Guide for Woodland Creation schemes
- Implementation guide to managing forests in acid-sensitive areas
- Guidance on managing deep peat (afforestation /restoration)
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:-
- EIA apply for our opinion
- Potential sources of guidance for EIA opinions and consents for Glastir Woodland Creation schemes
Contact the Glastir team firstname.lastname@example.org 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.