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Once the woodland is planted, it’s important that we all know how it’s doing. All of our woodlands are signed-off at planting, at year 5 and at year 10 by the Forestry Commission, and Forest Carbon also inspects them regularly after planting. In addition to this, under the Woodland Carbon Code all projects are required to be 'verified' (this is a re-certification process) every 10 years from year 5.

As the Woodland Carbon Code was launched in 2011 the first verifications were only required in 2016. Throughout the latter half of 2015 Forest Carbon was one of two project developers supporting the Forestry Commission in the piloting of the new verification methodology, using its projects at Harperrig, Overkirkhope and Topps Wood. As the trees are too young at year 5 to give an accurate carbon capture assessment the year 5 exercise is a head count (planting density and species mix) and check up (tree health). We are pleased to report that our project at Harperrig became the first ever to pass the year 5 test, in March 2016.

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Forest Carbon leads the way in developing woodland creation and peatland restoration projects for carbon capture and ecosystem services in the UK. We have planted over 10.3 million new trees in 220+ new woodlands since 2006 with our partners removing over 2.1 million tonnes of CO2e from the atmosphere, as well as providing a host of other benefits to society, including habitat creation, biodiversity support, flood mitigation, river ecosystem improvement and public access.

Our new woodland schemes spread across Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. They are certified by the Woodland Carbon Code – which is supported by the UK government and internationally recognised by ICROA. Planting the ‘right tree in the right place’ is required though adherence to the Forestry Commission standards.

Our peatland schemes can be found in Scotland and Wales. They are certified by the Peatland Code which is supported by the IUCN. These certification codes assure the additionality and permanence of each tonne of carbon stored.

Outside of the UK our partners have offset a further 1 million tonnes CO2 and protected or planted in excess of 3 million trees. 

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