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. All of our projects are certified under the Woodland Carbon Code.                                                                                     

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 activities 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 appropriate woodland creation projects

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. 

Projects are certified to the Woodland Carbon Code - the government backed quality assurance standard that means partners can be sure that the right trees are planted, in the right place; that they're managed properly and protected in the long term; that the carbon capture estimates are sound, project specific and risk adjusted; and that the woodlands would not be there but for Forest Carbon and partners. 

Step 4. The carbon capture investment is made

Once a business is happy with the potential woodland creation projects being offered completing the process is simple. Forest Carbon issues an invoice, and once it is paid the carbon credits from the relevant project(s) are transferred to the partner's account on the Markit Registry. Forest Carbon will set up and manage this account for the business. 

Step 5. The woodland is planted

Planting a large woodland in the UK is a significant undertaking and the process is necessarily thorough and therefore lengthy. Woodland creation projects could be at any stage in the process when first discussed with a partner, including initial design, public consultation, environmental assessment and discussion with the Forestry Commission. The whole process can take anything from three months to a couple of years. 

Step 6. Completion, monitoring and site visits

Only once planting is completed we will monitor the project from there on, and send you photos. Site visits by arrangement are welcomed. Many of our clients visit their woodlands with 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 partners 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 suit you in particular.