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Traquair Forest Project  SOLD

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The Traquair Forest Project comprises 650,000 trees on 246 hectares of rolling hillsides -- an area the size of 607 football pitches. 

The project is validated; up to 66,066 tCO2e carbon units are available for purchase today.  Remarkably, this one project achieves several UN Sustainable Development Goals.


The planting site is adjacent to a vast swathe of forest managed by Scottish Land and Forestry that is home to red squirrels and pine martens.  The adjacent estate is also planting a woodland, so the result will be a vast contiguous forest.


The most important aspect of the project is a remarkably diverse planting scheme. The riparian area at low elevation includes alder, willow, grey willow, birch, aspen, hazel, juniper, rowan, bird cherry and birch.  The planting scheme is sympathetic to rare Northern brown argus butterflies.


At mid-elevation is a mixed woodland comprising 130ha of Scots pine/Scots pine mixed with birch and aspen woodlands inspired by Caledonian Forest remnants.


Finally, at the top of the project site, there is a rapidly-sequestering, coniferous zone with Scots pine, Norway spruce, Douglas fir and Sitka spruce.  The coniferous areas will benefit rare species such as red squirrels, pine martens, Scottish crossbills, parrot crossbills, golden eagles and ospreys.  The Scots pine and Norway spruce mixes will be managed as continuous cover.


The Traquair Estate Charitable Trust is passionate about public access.  The house and gardens are open year-round with various large, public events in the diary.  The project itself has been designed with rambler trails, bridal paths and mountain bike access.  These trails link up to the neighbouring village of Innerleithen and to the Tweed Valley Forest Park, one of Scotland’s largest centres for ecotourism.


The Traquair Project is located on one of the largest estates in the Scottish Borders, The Traquair Estate.   Traquair House, which is a baronial castle, is Scotland’s oldest continually inhabited residence. It dates to 1107, and has been home to the Stuart Clan since 1491.  It has been visited by 27 Scottish Kings and Queens, more than any other residence in Scotland.  It is just 45 minutes from Edinburgh by car.

At a Glance: Traquair Forest Project


Innerleithen, Scottish Borders


Offsetting Capacity

  • 66,066 TCO2e

  • Phase 1: 35,002 TCO2e each

  • Phase 2: 30,917 TCO2e each



  • 246 Hectares

  • 650,000 trees


Forestry Features

  • One of the most diverse planting schemes in the UK

  • Zone 1: Caledonian forest with Scots pine, birch and aspen

  • Zone 2: Riparian, diverse broadleaf scheme

  • Zone 3: Mixed conifers on the high ground

  • Zone 4: Areas of low-density planting and open ground


Tree Species

  • Broadleafs: alder, willow, grey willow, birch, aspen, hazel, juniper, rowan, bird cherry and birch.

  • Conifers: Scots pine, Norway spruce, Douglas fir and sitka spruce

Landscape Features

  • Complements two large Sites of Special Scientific Interest

  • Benefits the Tweed River Special Area of Conservation

  • Expands adjacent forest cover; Scottish Land and Forestry

  • Linked to the Tweed Valley Forest Park

Key Species to Benefit

  • Red squirrels, pine martens and crossbills

  • Golden eagles, osprey and hen harriers

  • Black grouse, red grouse and curlews

  • Otters, Eurasian beavers, water voles and dippers

  • Aquatic species such as salmon, trout and mussels

  • Brown Argus butterfly

Sustainable Development Goals

  • Climate Action

  • Life on Land

  • Life Below Water

  • Clean Water and Sanitation

  • Partnerships for the Goals​

  • Good Health and Wellbeing

  • Zero Hunger

Recognised Offsetting Framework

Woodland Carbon Code

Project Status



Recognised Offset Standards

Pending Issuance Units becoming Woodland Carbon Units

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