WILD FORESTS

Scary Fact.  Did you know that less than 1% of Scotland’s ancient Caledonian Forest remains?  Many of the forests in Scotland today are plantations for purposes timber and paper production.

Fun Fact.  Highland Carbon plants WILD forests to restore landscapes to their former splendour.  Wild forests are much more beneficial to wildlife.  They offer a range of shelter and food opportunities.

How do we do it?  We plant a wide range of native species in overlapping bands that replicate the way wild forests naturally form and regenerate.  So for example, aspen and alder at the river’s edge; rowan and birch on the damp margins; beech and oak on the slopes; and eventually Scots pine on the hillsides.  On a given project site, we typically plant around a dozen native species.

 

This is a very different approach from some other carbon offsetting providers who merely plant trees in a grid on arable land without selecting and designing sites for biodiversity impacts.