The PIES project (Protect Improve Expand Sustain) is for landowners in England who want to care for their land to enhance its environmental condition and deliver goods and services for the benefit of everyone.
The PIES project is providing a network of independent forestry agents to deliver high-quality and standardised advice to landowners across England, supporting them in planning to comply with the UK Forestry Standard, achieving Grown in Britain certification, and improving access to the Woodland Carbon Code. Landowners taking part in the project will receive subsidised support, including one-to-one advice with ongoing online support and technical services.
The application process is not yet open, but you are welcome to complete the Expression of Interest form below to receive updates from the project team, including notice of the application process opening.
This PIES project is funded by the Trees Call to Action Fund. The fund was developed by Defra in partnership with the Forestry Commission and is being administered by the Heritage Fund. The PIES project will be led by a partnership between three organisations: Sylva Foundation, Forestry Canopy Foundation, and Grown in Britain. The partnership is also working closely with the Forestry Commission and the National Farmers’ Union to deliver the project for three years (2022-25).
The PIES project aims to support the delivery of the government’s England Trees Action Plan at scale across the country, by: (1) expanding and connecting woodlands; (2) promoting green economy; (3) protecting and improving woodlands.