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The Woodland Carbon Code

The launch of the government backed Woodland Carbon Code in July 2011 marked a significant, positive development in UK carbon woodland creation. Forest Carbon were members of the Forestry Commission's Technical Group that developed the Code during 2009 and 2010. Our membership of the Code's Advisory Board is ongoing.

In 2010 we contributed to the Code's trial phase with two of our existing projects before it went live, and achieved the first ever project certification in 2011. In 2015 we piloted the year 5 project verification methodology and achieved the first ever year 5 verification in March 2016.

As at the launch of the Code we had already previously developed over 40 carbon woodlands, all meeting the kind of carbon project and UK woodland creation best practice enshrined in the Code. As a consequence we have been able to attain Woodland Carbon Code certification for all of these woodlands (and of course, for many since).

What it means in practice

The Code offers carbon credit buyers the assurance that each woodland scheme will deliver the benefits that we say it will, and that that woodland represents genuine new planting. There is more about the range of principles concerned in the Code in our pages about Additionality & Permanence, Carbon Calculations, Biodiversity & Environment, and Monitoring.

Compliance with the Code means that buyers can be assured that:

Each project developed under the Code is registered with the independent Markit Registry, a leading provider of global carbon and environmental credit registry services. Projects are certified to ISO standards by a UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited third party and an ongoing monitoring programme for the woodlands is agreed between the parties. Carbon credits that arise from certified projects appear on the Markit Registry - giving buyers assurance and interested parties transparency.

The Code is aligned with the core requirements of other international voluntary forest carbon standards and of 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 in the UK. We have planted over 10 million new trees in 200+ new woodlands since 2006 with our partners removing over 2 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.


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