Nex Group

Nex Group (formerly ICAP) is a leading markets operator and provider of post trade risk mitigation and information services, providing a wide variety of electronic execution, risk mitigation, messaging, broking and information services for wholesale market participants. Nex facilitates the flow of capital and investment through the financial system and supports government and corporate borrowing.

Nex takes its environmental and social responsibilities seriously - running both a voluntary carbon mitigation programme and an annual Charity Day that has raised more than £100 million in the past 20 years.

Nex's environmental commitment is that it will focus on emissions reductions as far as is possible - including an annual carbon footprinting exercise conducted by an independent auditor - and also invest in emissions reduction projects. For the past six years Nex's focus has been on investing in projects in the UK - namely peatland restoration and woodland creation. Both of these types of projects, as well as capturing and storing atmospheric greenhouse gases, offer considerable additional local benefits such as flood mitigation, habitat creation, recreational space and pollutant scrubbing (in the case of trees).

Below are just some of the woodlands created thanks to Nex's voluntary carbon mitigation programme.

ICAP at Lower Broombriggs

This woodland is planted in partnership with the National Forest. It is predominantly a native broadleaf woodland designed to maximise the range of wildlife interests through species mix and the inclusion of open spaces and meadow. It is intended that long term management incorporates volunteers and local schools. read more...
ICAP at Lower Broombriggs

ICAP at Lulworth

This is a productive woodland comprising largely Douglas fir, but with 11% of trees being native broadleaves. All Forest Carbon productive woodlands represent a permanent land use change, and this forest will continue to capture carbon in future rotations. Productive woodlands are critical to the future of the UK in many ways, not least via their contribution to the emerging sustainable building i... read more...
tree in tube

ICAP at Mallerstang Common

This is a native broadleaved moorland project on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The project involves several pockets of planting, and has been made possible by agreement between the landowner and the grazing rights holders. The woodlands will be managed for wildlife conservation, and will contribute to improved water quality by preventing run-off pollution. Validated under ... read more...
Mallerstang January 2016

ICAP at Fisherground

    This is the first result of a partnership between Forest Carbon and the Lake District National Park Authority. The objective is to create a mixed native woodland that will create connectivity with two existing ancient semi-natural woodlands in the valley. The combined sites include Birch, Oak, Scots pine, Larch, Holly, and Goat willow. The ground flora includes bog moss, wavy ha... read more...
ICAP at Fisherground

ICAP at Halterburnhead

Forest Carbon has formed a new partnership with the Tweed Forum, and Halterburnhead is one of five new projects, totalling 62 hectares, to be implemented in the winters of 2012/13 and 2013/14. The projects are carefully situated in the Bowmont Valley, South of Kelso and two Tweed tributaries near Eddleston. In addition to carbon capture the woodlands will deliver the benefits outlined belo... read more...

ICAP at Halkburn

This native wood is one of 60 Diamond Jubilee woods around Britain.It protects 2km of one bank of the Halk Burn which feeds the Gala Water as it enters Galashiels. In the event of extreme rainfall it will moderate the flow of water into the town and reduce flood risk. It lies close to a remnant of the ancient Ettrick Forest and will link with a native wood immediately to the South. The woodland ... read more...
School children planting trees at Halkburn

ICAP at Weekley Hall

This is a new broadleaf woodland of 6.6 hectares planted in Spring 2013 on former arable land. It forms a link between established woodland and a similar new woodland planted on the estate in 2011, also in partnership with Forest Carbon. Tree species, principally oak, beech and sycamore, have been chosen to replicate the existing woodland where they have grown very well, and 5% of the area is left... read more...
ICAP at Weekley Hall

ICAP at Balcorrach

The new native woodland at Balcorrach, within the Cairngorms National Park, comprises 3 compartments, totalling 19.10ha gross, 14.26 net planted ha. Each compartment is riparian, ie lining a burn side, so that livestock will be excluded from the water edge. Environmental benefits are reduced diffuse pollution, improved insect and invertebrate life and shading of the water. In addition there w... read more...
Tilly Smith at Balcorach

ICAP at Maddie's Wood

This is a native woodland on former arable land close to the town of Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne & Wear. This site is crossed and edged by public footpaths. The project was designed to optimise benefits to as wide a range of wildlife as possible. Validated under the Woodland Carbon Code. read more...
Maddie's Wood