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When trees are planted specifically to capture CO2 certain tests must be applied to the project to assure its quality. Those who sponsor new carbon woodlands are entitled to assurances regarding their scheme’s ecological impact, its carbon sequestration figures, its protection, its monitoring, and its additionality.

When Forest Carbon was founded no such quality assurance standard existed in the UK so we developed our own that embraced all relevant Kyoto Protocol and UK Forestry Standard principles, and was based on external peer review at all stages. We also began, in 2009, to work with the Forestry Commission and the industry on the development of an independent standard, which would eventually become the Woodland Carbon Code.

The Code, developed by the Forestry Commission and Defra, was launched in 2011 with Forest Carbon having been instrumental in its design and trialling. (By the time of the launch we had developed over 40 carbon woodlands and had plenty of experience to offer). Forest Carbon leads the way in the implementation of the Code – with the first ever project certification (and 80 or so since), and the first ever year 5 re-certifications in 2016. The Code itself meets all international carbon project principles, as enshrined in the Kyoto Protocol.

Where our
projects are

Forest Carbon leads the way in developing woodland creation and peatland restoration projects for carbon capture and ecosystem services. Through the planting of over 9.5 million new trees in 200+ new woodlands in the UK since 2006 our partners’ projects are removing over 2.000,000 tonnes of CO2 from the global atmosphere, as well as providing a host of other benefits to society, including flood mitigation, river improvement and public access.

The quality of our schemes is assured by the UK government’s Woodland Carbon Code and the IUCN's Peatland Code, both of which certify our projects in important areas like additionality, permanence, risk management and carbon capture measurement.

Compensating for your unavoidable environmental impact by helping to create a new woodland or restore a degraded peatland is rewarding in many ways. Check out our project location map to see what we've done in different parts of the UK.

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