Could the Woodland Carbon Code be another way of encouraging people to plant trees ? I went to a free event organised by IEMA to find out.
According to the Forestry Commission: The Woodland Carbon Code is a new voluntary standard for woodland creation projects in the UK which will make claims about the carbon dioxide they sequester. Independent certification to this standard provides assurance and clarity about the carbon savings of these sustainably managed woodlands.
In plain English, this means that if you’re going to create a woodland, and you can meet the voluntary standard, your woodland becomes a carbon capture project, so you may be able to get additional funding for the planting and management of the site from investors looking to boost their eco credentials. For instance, the Woodland Trust are already inviting investors to contribute to their woodland creation project at Warcop.
Now, if you’re already thinking, great, I can get paid to plant those trees the local authority asked for – sorry, you can’t. The Code doesn’t apply to woodland creation which is required for legal reasons, such as to comply with a planning obligation. If it’s planning gain, though, your project might be eligible, and it should also be eligible if you’re planting trees on your own land for nature conservation / site management purposes.
Well worth a look, in my opinion.