Woodlands provide essential habitats to a wealth of wildlife, including nesting birds, shade-loving plants (known as sciophytes), and fungi. Tree planting has a central role in our efforts to tackle our biodiversity crisis.
A mature tree captures over 700 gallons of water per year. A recent survey estimated that carefully planted patches of woodland across a river basin can stem the flow velocity in the neighbouring river, when rainfall is high, by almost 50%.
Flood water often contains high levels of phosphorus pollutants and nitrogen. Without trees, that flood water would flow directly into rivers and lakes without being filtered. Trees break the rainfall allowing soil microbes to transform the pollutants.
Reducing Soil Erosion:
Wind and rain are the two largest natural forces eroding our soils. Raindrops have the power and momentum to penetrate soil when they hit the ground. If the land is dry, wind can do significant damage. Trees break up droplets of rain and weaken their strength while roots hold the soil together and protect it from the effects of wind.
According to Forest Research: “Woodlands provide an opportunity to exercise in a calm and restful environment. Exercise in woodlands relieves physical symptoms such as high blood pressure and obesity, as well as mental symptoms of stress and depression.”
Timber’s Sustainability Benefits:
Timber has the lowest embodied energy (i.e. energy used in its processing, production, and transport, from tree to consumer use) of any mainstream building material, and significantly less than for steel, concrete, or aluminium.Finally, we are increasingly in need of a home-grown timber resource to meet the government’s target for new homes.
According to the Environment Secretary, we are; “30-40 years from a complete eradication of soil fertility in parts of the UK”.
These wide-ranging advantages of trees means that woodland creation can provide an entirely natural but almost perfectly designed antidote to many of our most serious challenges.
In partnership with Tilhill, the UK’s leading provider of nature based solutions, CarbonStore can help you deliver new woodland creation and woodland-based carbon mitigation projects that not only achieves the highest possible standards in carbon offsetting but also offers many widespread benefits which we can all enjoy.
In practice, there are seven greenhouse gases (GHG) which the Kyoto Protocol identified as contributing to global warming. Carbon Dioxide (CO₂) is the most prevalent, accounting for 80% of GHG emissions.
With the government legally committed to achieving net zero emissions in the UK by 2050 and simultaneously conscious of the wider societal challenges, its 2019 manifesto also committed it to planting 30,000 hectares across the UK by 2025
Productive Woodlands Must Play a Central Role in the Government’s Tree Planting Ambitions
Recent analysis by Forest Research, the Forestry Commission’s world-renowned research division, has highlighted an important shortcoming in the assumptions which underpin the current approach in calculating sequestration volumes by different types of woodland
The Number of Registered Projects Rises Steeply As a fast-evolving industry, the market for woodland carbon continues to be influenced by passing, but significant, winds. As we have noted before, interest in the Woodland Carbon Code has expanded dramatically; demand for PIUs and WCUs has increased but the number of woodlands registered with the Code […]
CarbonStore is delighted to welcome Michael Fagbohungbe to both the Tilhill and CarbonStore team. His appointment means that the Company can really dig deep into the business of carbon, starting by assessing its own ambitions towards Net Zero as well as reinforcing the CarbonStore team by providing his expert knowledge in carbon offsetting. Michael holds […]
Fourth Woodland Carbon Guarantee auction dates announced
£10m available from the scheme’s £50m pot for farmers and land managers to create new woodlands to help tackle the effects of climate change. The scheme gives land managers the option to sell Woodland Carbon Units (the carbon captured once the trees have grown), to the government at a guaranteed price protected against inflation. The […]
Creating Woodlands For Cash, Carbon and Conservation in England
Head of CarbonStore David McCulloch Joins Panel Free Webinar: Tuesday June 22nd – 11am Tilhill, the UK’s leading forestry management company announces the latest in a series of free webinars. The webinar on 22 June will focus on exploring the new funding offer for woodland creation in England. The webinar will take farmers, landowners and […]
We see signs of infancy across all carbon markets, including the one for woodland carbon. The absence of pricing transparency, which we are keen to rectify, is the most obvious symptom. Meantime, we continue to work hard to address others which we feel are important steps to ensure the healthy development of the market so […]
FCCWG Webinar -The Importance of Carbon in a Climate Emergency
The Forestry & Climate Change Working Group with CarbonStore The Forestry Climate Change Working Group (FCCWG) present this Workshop Webinar; a free online workshop for forestry practitioners exploring the importance of carbon in a climate emergency. As a result of the UK’s commitment to becoming a Net Zero economy by 2050, carbon sequestration is likely […]
The outlook for the woodland carbon market appears encouraging. Its regulatory standard, the Woodland Carbon Code, has used the lockdown gainfully to update its rules and guidelines, expand its capacity and widen its recognition among both landowners and companies. With the UK now (slowly) emerging from the lockdown, pressure for a ‘green recovery’ is growing. […]
Creating Woodlands for Cash, Carbon & Conservation Webinar
Head of CarbonStore David McCulloch joined Tilhill for this informative webinar entitled ‘Creating Woodlands for Cash, Carbon & Conservation’ – Scotland which included three onsite interviews. David answered all carbon related questions from landowners, farmers and industry professionals. Watch the full recording covering: The landowner’s objectives Evaluating the land and farm potential How agriculture can […]
Free workshop: Tuesday 20th April 11am The Forestry Climate Change Working Group is delighted to announce the launch of a free online workshop for forestry practitioners and will explore the importance of carbon in a climate emergency. As a result of the UK’s commitment to becoming a Net Zero economy by 2050, carbon sequestration is […]
The UK’s woodland carbon market is evolving rapidly. Preliminary enquiries, more substantive indications of interest in buying PIUs, and firm orders for them from companies have all picked up markedly through January and early- February. Similarly, woodland owners are quickly recognising the opportunities from selling their woodland-generated carbon credits. The number of schemes being registered […]
World Wetlands Day – Restoring a globally important habitat
Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) ongoing work to restore a globally important habitat is being celebrated as part of World Wetlands Day (2 Feb). Blanket bog is a type of habitat found on peatland soils in cool, wet upland areas in maritime climates. It covers 23 per cent of Scotland’s land area and is rarely […]
The business of net-zero: Natural climate solutions – CLA Podcast
Listen to CLA’s podcast supported by Tilhill. ‘David Attenborough’s recent Netflix documentary did an incredible job making the case that the key to solving climate change is right in front of us: nature. Nature is our biggest ally, inspiration and the best, most cost-effective, shovel-ready technology we have to tackle the climate crisis.’ In this podcast we focus on […]
CarbonStore Sponsor 2021 Tree Oscars to reward Climate Change Champion
A new Climate Change Champion prize has been added to Scotland’s Finest Woods Awards as the ‘Tree Oscars’ return in 2021. The Climate Change Champion Award, sponsored by CarbonStore, will be chosen by judges from entries to all 2021 Awards categories. All entries can identify and highlight what their project will contribute to tackling climate […]
The Benefits of Nature-Based Solutions for Your Company and Its Environmental Goals
Webinar: Crafting Nature-Based Solutions for Your Business January 28th 10am What are nature-based solutions? How can they help your organisation? How do they work, in practice? CarbonStore is well equipped to explain. Through Tilhill, we have 70 years’ experience in planting trees and restoring peatlands. Please join us for our free webinar discussing these issues […]
Green carbon initiatives join forces to expand the UK market
In the race to tackle climate change and to reach net zero emissions, two key UK-wide carbon markets have joined forces. The UK Woodland Carbon Registry and UK Peatland Code have come together to form the new UK Land Carbon Registry. The new registry aims to create a more accessible ‘one-stop-shop’ for woodland and peatland […]
CarbonStore and The Woodland Carbon Code – Webinar Recording
CarbonStore, a company providing an open and transparent platform for companies and landowners to buy and sell Woodland Carbon Units is delighted to share this free public webinar dedicated to farmers, landowners and companies. The online event on November 3rd 2020 introduced CarbonStore and outlined the Woodland Carbon Code. The webinar attracted over 240 guests […]
When considering environmental enhancement, it can sometimes feel as though there are too many variables to juggle or prioritise to make the most significant impact possible with the resources at your disposal.
A Unique Carbon-Offsetting Business Launches Today
A new opportunity launches today for those of us seeking to contribute to a cleaner, greener, low carbon economy. CarbonStore will be utilising its unique partnerships to unite landowners, who are looking to sell woodland generated carbon units, with companies that are keen to offset their carbon emissions. The objective being to provide a woodland-based […]
Reducing UK emissions: 2020 Progress Report to Parliament
This is the Committee’s 2020 report to Parliament, assessing progress in reducing UK emissions over the past year. This year, the report includes new advice to the UK Government on securing a green and resilient recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.
UK Woodland Creation in the Past 12 Months: We Still Have a Lot To Do…
On 11th June, the Forestry Commission gave us our annual insight into tree planting volumes across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for the 12 months from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020.
Pending Issuance Unit: A promise to deliver a Woodland Carbon Unit during a given period, based on the trees’ predicted growth
Woodland Carbon Unit: A ton of carbon dioxide which has been sequestered in a scheme verified under the Woodland Carbon Code
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