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.
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 a number of different strands of the Glastir scheme, two of which are relevant to forestry: Glastir Advanced and Glastir Woodlands (covering Glastir Woodland Creation, Glastir Woodland Management and Glastir Woodland Restoration).
Glastir is administered by the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales supports delivery of some elements of the scheme. In relation to forestry and woodlands, we undertake the following (if required):
|Type of Glastir Scheme||NRW involvement with Glastir Woodlands|
|Glastir Advanced:||Felling licence application, Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) opinion, European Protected Species licences|
|Glastir Woodland Creation (GWC):||Provision of guidance to support new woodland creation, Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) opinion, European Protected Species licences|
|Glastir Woodland Restoration:||Felling licence application, Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) opinion, European Protected Species licences (these licences are required before an applicant can submit a GWR Expression of Interest)|
An Expression of Interest window is not currently planned for Glastir Woodland Management, customers can register with the Gwlad online newsletter which will carry current scheme information as it becomes available.
Glastir Woodland Creation (GWC) scheme guidance
If considering new planting, an important first step is to look on the Lle “Glastir Woodland Creation – Opportunities” map.
An application under the GWC scheme requires submission of a plan identifying the proposed area of woodland creation. As part of a partnership agreement with Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales has produced a range of guidance to support Glastir Woodland Creation plan compliance with the UK Forest Standard, and also explain the relevance of the “sensitivities”, eg the presence of red squirrel, identified on the Lle “Glastir Woodland Creation – Opportunities” map. The following guidance has been produced:
- Tree Planting Guide for Glastir Woodland Creation
- Guidance for woodland creation where Red Squirrel are present
- Guidance for woodland creation where Water vole are present
- Guidance for woodland creation where Great Crested Newt are present
- Guidance for woodland creation on Commons and Open Access land
- Guidance on NRW Sensitive Habitats and photographic evidence (if new planting is proposed on an NRW sensitive habitat)
- 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.
Every GWC plan requires an EIA opinion by NRW to assess whether consent is needed for the new planting proposal. In the majority of cases, the EIA opinion will be assessed as part of the GWC plan verification process and a separate EIA opinion form will not be needed. For larger, more complex GWC plans, an EIA opinion form will need to be submitted to find out whether NRW consent is required and 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 Forest Regulations team email@example.com if you are uncertain whether a GWC plan needs an EIA statement.
Glastir Woodland Creation (GWC) bulletins
NRW has a verification role in relation to GWC applications and plans, and many of these plans are written by GWC planners – specialists who give advice on new planting and write GWC schemes. There is a list of registered GWC planners on the Welsh Government website.
NRW has written bulletins to support GWC planners to write Glastir Woodland Creation plans. The bulletins include information on NRW guidance eg acid sensitive catchments, tree species diversity as well as any update on the GWC scheme.