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Woodland Creation - Short Rotation Forestry (SRF)

Planting for the establishment of Short Rotation Forestry (SRF) is eligible for support through the Woodland Creation options provided it meets the design eligibility criteria and the proposed rotation length is at least 15 years.

Rates of Support

These are given on the Woodland Creation page

Definition of SRF crop

The Short Rotation Forestry (SRF) crop is defined as "single or multi-stemmed trees of fast growing species grown on a reduced rotation length primarily for the production of biomass".

Eligibility criteria

  • You must own or lease the land.
  • If you are a tenant or contractual licensee, you must discuss the proposed application with your landlord to make sure it does not break the conditions of your tenancy or licence, and submit a Landlord Notification Form with your Proposal. You cannot receive final approval from Scottish Ministers for your Proposal without this form.
  • If you have a tenancy or a licence with less than five years to run you must complete a Landlord Declaration form and ask your Landlord or the landowner to sign the declaration on that form.
  • If you are a tenant then you must ensure that you get your landlord's consent before you apply for grant to plant trees under any of the Woodland Creation options. You can download a copy of the Landlord's Consent form
  • You must comply with the UK Forestry Standard.
  • The established stocking density for all species must be a minimum of 2,500 trees/ha although up to 5000 stems/ha, should increase biomass productivity overall.
  • The woodland will comprise fast-growing, native or exotic species of conifer or broadleaf. Initial crops will be single-stemmed trees. Subsequent crops may be single or multi-stemmed depending upon whether the crop is restocked by planting or coppice regeneration.
  • It is a general presumption that the woodland will not be thinned.

Rotation must be a minimum of 15 years for all species, in order to be eligible for maintenance and farmland premium payments.

Farmland Premium - you must maintain the area as woodland for 20 or 30 years for conifers and broadleaf respectively i.e. restocking will be a condition of felling for all species that will not coppice.

Documents you must submit with your proposal

A map - that shows the boundary of each woodland type broken down by planting year.

For advice on how to mark up your Woodland Creation Map please use the Woodland Creation Mapping guidance For general mapping guidance and advice on standards and OS copyright please use the Mapping Guidance.

Species choice

The table below lists a selection of potentially worthwhile SRF tree genera and species, though their effective use will depend upon site suitability.

Common Name




Alnus sp


Fraxinus excelsior


Populus tremula

Aspen, hybrid

Populus tremula x tremuloides

Birch, silver

Betula pendula


Eucalyptus sp


Tilia sp


Populus sp


Nothofagus procera

Sweet chestnut

Castanea sativa


Acer psuedoplatanus


Douglas fir

Pseudotsuga menziesii

Grand fir

Abies grandis


Larix sp

Sitka spruce

Picea sitchensis

Western hemlock

Tsuga heterophylla

Western red cedar

Thuja plictata

Technical Guidance

More technical guidance may be available to help you with the option you have chosen. This is available on the Forestry Commission Scotland website Technical Guidance page