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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 is launching 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

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.

A timeline of the WCaG:

January 31st
Applications close
 - Projects must be registered with the Woodland Carbon Code to be eligible to apply
January 20th
 - February 14th
Auction held
 - Applicants may submit bids to the auction (in the unit £/tCO2)
February 14th
Auction closes
 - 2024/25
Subsequent auctions held every 6 months
~2025 (and every 5 or 10 years thereafter)
Verifications and subsequent sales of WCUs
Final verifications and WCU sales

Where our
woodlands are

Forest Carbon leads the way in voluntary carbon woodland creation in the UK. Through the planting of over 9.5 million new trees in 172+ new woodlands in the UK since 2006 our partners’ projects are removing over 1,900,000 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 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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