Following the launch of the government-funded PIES project last year, we are pleased to announce the expansion of the project thanks to additional funding provided by Forestry Commission.
What is the PIES project?
PIES (Protect Improve Expand Sustain) is a government-funded project. It is providing a network of independent woodland experts to deliver high-quality free advice to landowners across England. The project aims to support landowners in bringing existing woodland back into management and to support woodland creation projects. Farmers and landowners taking part in the project receive free advice, including a site visit and customised report, plus ongoing online support and technical services. The PIES project is led by a partnership involving Sylva Foundation, Forest Canopy Foundation and Grown in Britain, supported by the NFU and Forestry Commission.
PIES project to date
- 91 advice visits underway
- 3,157ha assessed
- 114ha of new woodland proposed
- 463ha of woodland in active management
The Free Advisory Visit
The free advice and site visit helps landowners to develop outline plans for existing woodlands, and plans and budgets for new tree planting. The first step for successful applicants is to choose who to work with, selected from a choice of three local expert providers offered by the Forest Canopy Foundation.
The PIES expert provider initially gathers information, maps and plans on behalf of the client, and then agrees the time and scope of a site advisory visit.
Following the initial advice and visit, digital plans and maps will be shared with the landowner via a free account on the myForest platform run by Sylva Foundation. The platform provides ongoing support to the landowner, while simplifying the process of applying for government incentives and meeting regulatory requirements.
Another valuable part of the PIES offer is the Grown in Britain Forest Certification which is offered free for one year, supporting eligible landowners in making the most of their woodland resource.
Find out more
Visit the PIES project page which includes the online application form.
Read more on the Forestry Commission’s blog including a case study.
The PIES project is also supported by the NFU – see Funded advice on forestry for farmers.