Carbon Calculations

Woodland carbon estimates are based on data supplied by the Forestry Commission's world leading Forest Research department. Carbon estimates are project specific, based on species mix and management plan, and local data such as soil type and altitude. In addition estimates will be adjusted based on local forestry knowledge.

Conservatism is a key Kyoto principle - you must be sure at all times that at least as much carbon is being captured by a project as was anticipated and sold to the carbon buyer. The Woodland Carbon Code provides several ways to ensure that this is the case, through the following processes:

Forestry Commission Ecological Site Classification (ESC) model

Before we start we need to know what trees to plant, and how they will behave where they are planted. The Forestry Commission ESC model gives us this information we need, based on latitude, longitude, altitude, soil type and meteorology of the site we are looking at.

Woodland Carbon Code buffering

The Woodland Carbon Code carbon model, developed by Forest Research, projects how much CO2 the trees will capture at a given location, based on the planting density and management regime. It then deducts a percentage of this projection automatically, as a contingency, based on the potential for the estimates to be inaccurate. This is the first phase of the buffering - reducing the carbon capture that can be sold to ensure that the conservatism rule is met. After this a risk deduction is made, in case something should happen at a project that causes some of it to fail. 

Where our
woodlands are

Forest Carbon leads the way in voluntary carbon woodland creation in the UK. Through the planting of over 7.0 million new trees in 130+ new woodlands in the UK since 2006 our partners’ projects are removing over 1,400,000 tonnes of CO2 from the nation’s 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 which certifies our projects in important areas like biodiversity, ‘additionality’, risk management and carbon capture measurement.

Compensating for your unavoidable environmental impact by helping to create a new woodland is rewarding in many ways. Check out our woodland location map and see what trees we’ve planted.

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