Planting UK woodlands for carbon capture and ecosystem services
Forest Carbon leads the way in voluntary carbon woodland creation in the UK. Through the planting of 5.5 million new trees in the UK since 2006 our partners’ projects are removing over 1,200,000 tonnes of CO2 from the nation’s air, as well as providing a host of other benefits to society, including flood mitigation, river improvement and public access.
The quality of our schemes is assured by the UK government’s Woodland Carbon Code (WCC) which certifies our projects in important areas like biodiversity, ‘additionality’, risk management and carbon capture measurement.
Where our woodlands are.
Click on the map (left) for descriptions for each of the 120-plus woodland schemes created with partners Allstar EcoPoint, BWOC, ICAP, Kier Living, The Fuel Card Company, The UK Green Investment Bank, Sofa.Com, Redhills, Antalis, Nationwide Building Society, PwC, Valassis Ltd, ASKAMS, Dignity, Langstane, The Green Insurance Company , Marks Spencer, KwikFit and others.
If you d like to see how many trees we ve planted in total, and what they were, visit Vital statistics.
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Woodland creation in Ireland is receiving a significant boost from Microsoft, supported by Forest Carbon via its collaboration with Natural Capital Partners. The new programme will support the creation of 137 hectares of new native woods over the next two years, which will offer multiple local nature and social benefits, as well as contributing to meeting Ireland s national climate change targets. Microsoft s commitment is part of its ongoing carbon and environmental programme, and is made in light of its significant operations in Ireland.
By the end of April 2017 corporate subscribers to Allstar s EcoPoint programme had supported the planting of over 2 million trees in 53 woodlands (49 in the UK and 4 abroad) that will capture over half a million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere in their lifetimes. The will also provide a host of other benefits, including flood mitigation, water quality improvement, public access and habitats for nature. The programme continues and more new woodlands will be planted in 2017.
Under the Woodland Carbon Code projects are subject to periodic verification (starting at year 5). The first ever verifications were due in 2016 and in 2015 Forest Carbon worked with the Forestry Commission on piloting the verification process. In March 2016 we were pleased to announce the Code s first ever successful verification, at BWOC s project at Harperrig. The verification means BWOC can be sure that the woodland is on track to achieve its expected carbon capture. We are undertaking many more year 5 verifications in 2017.
The only thing that ultimately matters is to eat an ice-cream cone, play a slide trombone, plant a small tree, good God, now you re free. (Ray Manzarek, 1939 – 2013)
The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit (Nelson Henderson, 1893 – 1965)
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