Funding and partners

Who is involved and where is the money coming from?

Partnership Project

Between January 2013 and September 2017, the European LIFE+ programme provided 50% of the project costs.  The remainder was provided by partner organisations (Forest Research, Forestry Commission England, Fera Science Ltd, the National Trust, the Woodland Trust), supported by APHA, Defra and Natural Resources Wales.

From 1 October 2017 the project is solely being funded through partner organisations, with Forestry Commission Scotland having a greater role.

Previous funder

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The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental policy and legislation by co-financing pilot or demonstration projects with European added value.


Forest Research

Forest Research is an executive agency of the Forestry Commission. It conducts world-class scientific research and technical development relevant to forestry to support and inform the policies for sustainable forest management of all four administrations in the UK.

Phone: 0300 067 5636


Fera Science Ltd

Fera delivers statutory services in relation to plant health, bee health and plant varieties and seeds. Fera is also responsible for issuing of licences to release non-native biocontrol agents in England.

Phone: 01904 462326

Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission is the Government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands and increasing their value to society and the environment.

Phone: 0300 067 5636

National Trust

The National Trust protect some of the most important spaces and places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They take care of historic houses, gardens, mills, coastline, forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, nature reserves, villages and pubs – and then open them up for ever, for everyone.

Phone: 01793 817724

Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust use their experience and authority in conservation to influence others who are in a position to improve the future of native woodland. They also campaign to protect and save ancient woodland from destructive development.

Phone: 0343 7705855


Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs

Defra are the UK Government department responsible for policy and regulations on environmental, food and rural issues. Their priorities are to grow the rural economy, improve the environment and safeguard animal and plant health.

Animal & Plant Health Agency

APHA is an executive agency sponsored by Defra. They work to safeguard animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy.

Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales is a Welsh Government sponsored body. Their purpose is to ensure that the natural resources of Wales are sustainably maintained, enhanced and used, now and in the future.