Grants & Bursaries

All work for which support is sought from Woodland Heritage must help fulfil the Charity’s Objects and meet our Policy for Giving Grants.

If you have a proposal that you think meets the above needs and our grant guidelines, as well as fitting into one of the categories of support described below, please request an application form from You may also find it helpful to have spoken to someone before applying, in which case, please call 01428-652159.


Garthwaite Travel Bursaries

Since 1994, through the inspiration of our late Patron, Peter Garthwaite OBE, we have supported foresters of all ages to travel to many countries to study aspects of forestry, or wood processing outside the UK. Some twenty four years on, many of these individuals remain in touch and are still putting their experiences to good use. Previous countries visited include the USA, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, France, Croatia, Ireland, Latvia, Czech Republic, Greece, Denmark, Italy, Austria, Japan and Canada.

The Trustees of Woodland Heritage continue to invite applications for bursaries to study an aspect of forestry or wood processing outside the UK.


Applicants must either be forestry practitioners in the UK, or intending to become so after completing a forestry education. Preference will be given to those whose interests are in the production of high quality timber. Applications for support on compulsory tours (e.g. as part of a University group) will not be considered, nor will retrospective applications. 


Should be sent to Lewis Scott and should contain details of the proposed travel including costs and a brief (one page maximum) CV. Applicants should also ask one independent referee to write separately and in confidence to Lewis Scott in support of their application.

Successful applicants will be expected to produce a short article/report with photographs on their travel for publication in the Woodland Heritage Journal and/or website.



Selectfor courses in continuous forestry management

Woodland Heritage has been providing bursaries for course fees only for a number of years, benefiting many young foresters as a result.  Courses tend to run in the spring and autumn, but please check with the SelectFor website for the latest information. Woodland Heritage will be supporting no more than two attendees per running of the course in the future and so applicants may face competition for their possible bursary, therefore early applications may be advised. 

Marking is a difficult skill to learn, particularly within an unfamiliar discipline such as Irregular Silviculture. These Courses provide an in-depth introduction to the theory and practical application of irregular silviculture in coniferous and broadleaved stands with the emphasis on lowland forests.

For further information, please view the Courses section on



Wood-Mizer UK bursary for the Woodland to Workshop course

Since 2016, Wood-Mizer UK have been generously offering a bursary to help deserving and committed individuals to attend the Woodland to Workshop course.  This support is normally only made available to a single recipient per running of the course and so applicants may face competition for their possible bursary, therefore early applications may be advised.

People – general

Other than the need to meet the requirements of the grant giving policy and guidelines, this is an open category to help with skills development, or as something often educational and one-off, such as the examples below in Previous Grants & Bursaries.  More commonly supported requests in the past have centred around the securing of chainsaw certificates (for use in forestry settings rather than for more broadly-based tree surgery).

View previous Grants & Bursaries


Project grants

For examples of the types of often larger-scale and ongoing projects that Woodland Heritage has been involved in of late, please see What we do – Our Projects.

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