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.

Our Awards

The Peter Savill Award for a significant contribution to British Forestry was inaugurated in 2007, with The Prince of Wales Award for the best student on the Woodland to Workshop course commencing in 2010, both being awarded annually since then by Woodland Heritage, normally during the Field Weekend.

Gary Battell -receiving the Peter Savill Award from Peter Savill in 2017

Gary Battell -receiving the Peter Savill Award from Peter Savill in 2017

The Peter Savill Award

For a significant contribution to the British Forest Industry


Each year Woodland Heritage awards a prize to recognise the contribution of an individual who has significantly benefited British forestry.


The contribution to forestry made by the selected individual must be in sympathy with the objectives of Woodland Heritage, and in one of the following areas of forestry: silviculture; research; marketing; wood processing; education. Normally the prize will focus on a contribution to one of the above areas with an emphasis on Britain, broadleaves and lowland forestry, although not exclusively so.


  • 2018  Prof A R (Jo) Bradwell
  • 2017 Gary Battell
  • 2016 Dr Joan Webber
  • 2015 Bede Howell
  • 2014 Felix Dennis
  • 2013 Miles Barne
  • 2012 Dr Christine Cahalan
  • 2011 Keith Rawling
  • 2010 Will Bullough & Gavin Munro (joint award)
  • 2009 John McHardy
  • 2008 Andy Poore
  • 2007 Susan Bell OBE


Up until September 2006, when he retired, Peter was a Reader in Forestry, Oxford Forestry Institute, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford and a Fellow of Linacre College and University of Oxford. Peter was a Woodland Heritage Trustee for 17 years from 1999 to 2016, is currently Chair of Trustees of the Sylva Foundation, a former Chairman of Future Trees Trust and has published numerous papers, books and publications.

John Jackson - receiving the Prince of Wales Award 2016 from  Geraint Richards , Head Forester for the Duchy of Cornwall and Woodland Heritage Trustee

John Jackson - receiving the Prince of Wales Award 2016 from Geraint Richards, Head Forester for the Duchy of Cornwall and Woodland Heritage Trustee

The Prince of Wales Award

The Trustees of Woodland Heritage were delighted in 2010 to announce that our Patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, was to generously give a trophy to our charity, ‘The Prince of Wales Award’ , which has been presented annually since then, to an outstanding young person who has attended the ‘Woodland to Workshop’ course.

We have now entered the tenth year of our courses and by the end of this year over 250 individuals will have benefited from this unique experience. The tutors are delighted with how well the course has been received and are particularly encouraged by the enthusiasm of those taking part. It gives us great hope for the future!

The Prince of Wales Award’ continues to serve as yet another excellent incentive to encourage our aspiring neophytes, the recipients of which have been:

  • 2017 David Smyth
  • 2016 John Jackson
  • 2015 Nicholas Hill
  • 2014 Finbar Vesey
  • 2013 Nina Williams
  • 2012 Tabitha Binding
  • 2011 Matthew Cope
  • 2010 Luke Hemmings
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