With a Forest Carbon woodland two groups of people benefit: your organisation, and the rest of the world. That's everyone.
What you get with your Forest Carbon woodland
• Ownership of the carbon sequestered by your project's trees. This is represented by the transfer to you of woodland carbon credits, certified under the government backed UK Woodland Carbon Code
• Signage and public access to your projects, as well as site access for promotional events.
• Independent monitoring of the site to assess sequestration rates and to ensure good practice is being followed.
• Enhancement of your company's staff awareness of the need for change towards low-carbon practices. (This has been shown to have a real impact on staff attitudes towards economies in travel, transport and energy.)
• Recognition for your 'early action' on climate change. More categories of industry are being brought under mandatory carbon trading schemes and there is potential reward for those who have already taken positive action.
• Improved corporate pride and reputation: Customers and others like to see good CSR and so do staff: the best talent wants to work for the most responsible organisations. Our partners find that their staff respond enthusiastically to their tree-planting projects, many taking an active interest.
What everyone else gets with your Forest Carbon woodland
The publication of the Forestry Commission’s Read Report at the end of 2009 affirmed the importance of UK forests to the general health of our environment. Referring in particular to a tree's ability to sequester CO2 the report states that, “forestry can make a significant and cost-effective contribution to meeting the UK’s challenging emissions reduction targets.”
A carbon woodland has many benefits:
• Biodiversity is boosted: Forest Carbon schemes cover most of the six types of priority woodland type identified in the UK’s Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP), and projects meet the UK Forestry Standard, which has biodiversity at its core.
• Woods provide outdoor recreation: The Forestry Commission estimates there are more than 350 million recreational visits per annum to forests and woodlands in the UK.
• The landscape is enhanced: Studies have shown that woodlands have a positive impact on individuals and communities. They also have a dampening effect on traffic noise.
• They trap CO2: our woodlands help the UK meet its international climate change commitments.
• Trees improve air quality: woodlands clean the air by trapping harmful dust particles and absorbing gases like sulphur dioxide and ozone.
• They regulate water quality and supply: Woodlands can reduce soil erosion, stabilise riverbanks, reduce pollution and mitigate flooding.