The Process

Click on the headings below for more detail about the steps we take to make sure your woodland creation project is exactly right for your needs:                                                                                      

Step 1. You consider the environmental impact of your business

Potential clients come to us because they have begun to consider the impact their operations have on the environment. The first and most important thing to have done is to identify ways in which it can reduce this impact. This isn't only good for the environment - it generally saves money as, for example, energy or travel bills are reduced. Despite a business's best efforts on this regard there will always be a remaining balance of carbon emissions that are unavoidable, and these can be made good by the process of 'offsetting' - or getting somebody else to reduce their emissions on your behalf. We think the best way to 'offset' is through UK woodland carbon capture - creating new woodlands that benefit the country, the landscape and the global environment. Many of our clients capture both their core head office emissions, plus some aspect of their sales (for example the carbon emissions arising from delivery of their products to customers).

Step 2. Exploratory discussions with Forest Carbon take place

We can help you to calculate your carbon footprint if you haven't been able to do that yourself. We can also advise on the types of activites other businesses have covered with their carbon capture programmes, and help you to understand the marketing benefits that can arise from your actions. We will also talk you through the complicated world of carbon credits - so you can speak with confidence to your stakeholders about what you are doing.

As part of this stage of the process we will also identify the scale and length of your potential capture requirements - for example would you need a dedicated project, or part of a shared one - and would you be capturing this year's carbon, or this year's and next year's, or several years' worth. We will offer the most appropriate carbon capture project for your needs. 

Step 3. Forest Carbon proposes an appropriate, quality assured, scheme

Based on your requirements we will make some project proposals to you - these will include locations, species to be planted, size of planting, carbon calculation and dates of planting. 

Potential schemes are vetted to the highest standards. Most importantly: (a) our projects all demonstrate 'additionality' - that is: they could not have proceeded without your intervention; (b) our carbon calculations are thorough and conservative - that is: once the woodland reached maturity there isl likely to be about a third more carbon captured than you have paid for to be captured; (c) environmental impact - all woodlands are assessed to make sure there are no negative environmental consequences. For more see 'Certification'.

Step 4. The carbon capture purchase is reviewed by all parties and signed

Once you are happy with the potential woodland being offered, we will draw up the purchase contract. This includes various protections for you, including (a) that we will hold a buffer carbon stock to insure you in the unlikely eventuality of a problem at your carbon capture site; (b) clauses guaranteeing you signage rights at the site, and the right to use the site in publicity; and (c) guarantees that the woodland will be planted and managed properly. This is a standard contract and has been used with many clients. 

Once we have signed contracts we will invoice for the total fee. Our subsequent payment to the landowner is held back until we are satisfied that the woodland has been planted properly. 

Step 5. The woodland is planted

Once the contract is signed we give the go ahead to our planting partners. Planting a large woodland in the UK is a significant undertaking and the process is necessarily thorough and therefore lengthy. By the time a potential woodland is offered to you it will have already been through the stages of public consultation, environmental assessment and discussion with the Forestry Commission. The whole process can take anything from three months to a year.  

Step 6. Completion, monitoring and site visits

Only once planting is satifactorily completed do we release payment to the landowner. (There may be exceptions where the project is very large - in which case progress payments following staged verification). We will monitor the project from here on, and send you photos. Site visits by arrangement are welcomed. Many of our clients visit their woodlandswith staff or customers and some even get involved in the planting itself.

You can also put your name on the gate. 

Planning (and planning ahead)

if you're worried about the scale of your involvement it's worth thinking about how woodland carbon capture could be incorporated in your business gradually. Many clients start with a single business element - a brand, a product, a service - and then see the positive impact their choice has on both their customers and the enthusiasm of their staff.

Our process with potential project hosts - landowners who want to plant a woodland but don't have sufficient finance - is very thorough and can take up to a year to complete. Even if you're only half considering doing a project let us know: We can be keeping an eye out for schemes that could particularly suit you.