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The Woodland Carbon Guarantee

The Woodland Carbon Guarantee is a £50 million government scheme designed to stimulate woodland creation in England. It was introduced in November 2019 and launched at the start of 2020.

What is the Woodland Carbon Guarantee (WCaG)?

Full details are available on the government website.

Is my project eligible for carbon finance?

To be eligible for carbon finance a new woodland must meet some basic criteria:

You can find more information on eligibility in our section on the WCC, by going to the Woodland Carbon Code (WCC) website, or contacting us directly at info@forestcarbon.co.uk

Is my project eligible for the Woodland Carbon Guarantee?

How is the Woodland Carbon Guarantee different to selling carbon credits via e.g. Forest Carbon?

Forest Carbon
Woodland Carbon Guarantee
Credits sold

Pending Issuance Units
 (not yet verified carbon credits)
Woodland Carbon Units
 (verified under the WCC)
Payment is made at the outset of the project
Payment is made following successful verification for the carbon credits generated
Contract length

30-100 years
35 years
Validation and verification

Forest Carbon undertakes validation and ongoing verifications in accordance with the WCC, at no cost to the landowner.

Sellers (e.g. the landowner) are responsible for ongoing costs, including registration, validation, monitoring, and verification.

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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