In addition to biodiversity projects, for which the location and site plan support benefits to rare species, we also undertake projects which improve the countryside more generally whilst achieving carbon offsetting. Such a flexible approach enables us to enhance estates and farms that would not otherwise engage in carbon offsetting projects.
There is a substantial amount of marginal farmland in the UK which is not productive from a grazing and arable standpoint, however, which would lend itself well to woodland establishment. By creating greater tree cover across the countryside, we create travel corridors and forage for birdlife, insects, small mammals and more.
These projects create a more sympathetic vista in rural communities, and they play an important role in achieving a reduction of atmospheric carbon.
Mixed Use Timber
In some cases, we can support and sell carbon from projects which have mixed purpose. Perhaps 10-20% of a total planting is for timber and the balance is to create permanent, natural areas for wildlife. Simply put, this is accounted for in the carbon accounting of each project.
We encourage the planting of native trees within the timber zone, such as Scots pine, and we ensure that the timber areas in locations which minimize disruption to wildlife.
From a philosophical standpoint, trees which are harvested for timber do lock-up carbon in the mass of the buildings that result. When a timber zone on a given estate has been harvested, it can be replanted and thus drawing further carbon out of the atmosphere.