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Planting native broad leaf trees is a great way to offset your carbon footprint and become carbon neutral. Through photosynthesis trees absorb carbon dioxide to produce oxygen and wood. By ensuring that trees planted are native broad leaf species this helps to preserve the environment and biodiversity.
By helping to plant a tree you will be helping to:
* The official carbon offsetting is achieved through the retirement of credits from a Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) projects. See the explanation of Tree Buddying below for more details.
Plant a Tree - Protect a Tree
For every tree that you pledge, a tonne of carbon will also be saved in the Brazilian Amazon via our VCS avoided deforestation programme. In this way, you will be offsetting carbon, planting and protecting forests and biodiversity in 2 continents.
Tree Planting in action
Autumn 2015 - Planting is underway
Over 8,100 trees planted
Autumn 2014 - 25 different species of trees planted
In Autumn 2014 we planted
Spring/Summer 2014 - we supported 63 schools and 8 Biodiversity site plantings.
We are working with tree planting partners to be able to provide an opportunity to individuals and organisations to plant native British broad-leaved trees in your region of the UK. Most of the planting takes place in school locations and all are high quality cell grown 'whips' (year old saplings) and they are tagged with unique identification codes.
By planting trees you will not only be offsetting carbon emissions, but also helping provide wildlife habitat for many hundreds of years, and passing on to future generations a fascinating and highly valuable ecological heritage.
Trees and plants sequester (i.e. absorb) the atmospheric carbon as part of the process of photosynthesis, which enables them to grow. Through this process, carbon dioxide is converted into stored carbon, and this is why trees are sometimes referred to as ‘carbon sinks'.
Our UK Trees programme incorporates "Tree Buddying". This means for each tree you pledge we also offset one tCO2 through a Verified Carbon Standard(VCS) project, which guarantees to offsetting of one tCO2.This ensures your carbon offsetting
in addition to delivering all the other great benefits of the UK Tree planting programme.
What species of trees do we plant?
This varies from season to season, but all the trees we plant are native broad leaf varieties including
Also, we have planted common alder, crab apple, silver birch, spindle bush & goat willow.
Note - we are currently not planting Ash due to Chalara Ash die back fungus.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Where are the trees planted?
With the help of our tree planting partners and their local environmental knowledge, these native broad-leaved trees will be found homes where they are most needed; supplementing hedgerows, woodlands and nature reserves; parks and farmland. The majority of the trees are now being planted in school grounds helping to educate and raise awareness among pupils.
You are able to select the UK region where they will be planted.
What are the quality of the trees?
All the trees planted are 'cell-grown whips' which means they are year-old saplings, each grown in an individual 'cell' or pot. Every young plant has a plug of compost surrounding the roots making them more robust, easier to plant and more successful long-term than the usual, basic bare-rooted saplings. Using cell-grown trees has the additional advantage of an extended planting season.
Would they be planted anyway?
There is a UK quota for tree planting which the government are committed to meet. All trees planted through Carbon Footprint are guaranteed to be in addition to any national quota, so you can be sure that any tree you are funding would not have been planted without your support.
How much carbon dioxide does a tree absorb?
The amount of CO2 a tree will offset depends on many factors, such as the type of tree, where it is planted and the amount of room it has to grow. On average, one broad leaf tree will absorb in the region of 1 tonne of carbon dioxide during its full life-time (approximately 100 years).
What are the advantages of planting trees in the UK?
Only native British broad-leaved trees are planted in the UK, ensuring they are in keeping with the local surroundings. These trees will improve our local environment and provide habitats for our local wildlife.
Following a QAS approved carbon footprint calculation, this tree planting package (which also includes retiring Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) credits from registered projects) meets the requirements under the Quality Assurance Standard (QAS) for Carbon Offsetting.
As the carbon offsetting is guaranteed by retiring high quality VCS credits, this UK tree planting project will also meet BSi's PAS 2060 guidance on carbon neutrality, therefore assuring your carbon neutral claims.
Call our Sales Consultants on +44 (0)1256 345645 to find out more about this project or to discuss your carbon offsetting / neutrality requirements.