Farmers will be incentivised for planting more trees with a new £13 million government fund.
Defra forestry minister Thérèse Coffey confirmed the scheme to encourage the industry to boost the timber sector and reduce flood risk in a push to plant more than three million trees.
Those who apply will be offered up to £6,800 per hectare.
Ms Coffrey said: “Our forests and woodlands are vital for providing timber, improving the environment and protecting our wildlife.
“The announcement demonstrates the government’s ongoing commitment to the forestry sector and to biodiversity, which afforestation delivers.
“I hope to see as many applications as possible so this important industry can continue to thrive.”
The fund falls under the Countryside Stewardship scheme as part of discussions surrounding potential opportunities for Brexit.
Application forms will be available in September in advance of the fund opening in January 2018.