| Commentary

282 Introduction

| Commentary

7: ENERGY CROPS SCHEME

282 Introduction

The Energy Crops Scheme (ECS) provides establishment grants for approved energy crops, which are short rotation coppice (willow, poplar, ash, alder, hazel, silver birch, sycamore, sweet chestnut and lime) and miscanthus. An establishment grant is a payment designed to cover a percentage of the set up costs of establishing approved energy crops. This includes activities such as ground preparation, fencing, purchase of planting stock, planting, weed control and first year cutback.

The Energy Crops Scheme closed for new applications on 31 August 2013. Agreements run for a term of five years and will continue

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