New round of forestry grants scheme opens

Wednesday 28 Feb 2018

Afforestation Grant Scheme 2018 funding round now open - Forestry offers a range of benefits – it can help you to invest in your family’s future, help diversify your income, improve productivity, help climate change, protect the environment and create jobs.

If you’re thinking of planting trees on your land, the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Afforestation Grant Scheme (AGS) could help.

The 2018 funding round for the AGS opens today (23 February) and closes on 14 May 2018.

The AGS contributes to the Government’s One Billion Trees Programme. Through the AGS, MPI provides grants of $1,300 a hectare for landowners to plant new small to medium-sized forests of between 5 hectares to 300 hectares.

The purpose of the AGS is to achieve a better environment through planting new forests. Whether it be carbon absorption or reducing land erosion, the scheme is already making a real contribution. Native or exotic trees can be planted and your application can include a mix of forest species. A forest species is one able to grow to at least five metres in the place you have planted it.

Every application is assessed against eligibility criteria, which includes a technical forestry assessment.

If you would like to apply or for further information, head to If you would like to get in contact directly, please email [email protected].

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