We encourage members of our programme to invest in conserving and regenerating natural ecosystems alongside the critical job of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Whilst members are free to choose any project that appeals to them, we find that many are looking for guidance towards high-quality projects that are working in the UK. For that reason we have created a tree planting programme with our partner, 9 Trees CIC.
Tree planting is a highly beneficial way to offset greenhouse gas emissions as it physically removes carbon from the atmosphere and helps to promote biodiversity (although it gets less "airtime" the biodiversity crisis is at least as bad as the climate crisis).
We have partnered with 9Trees Carbon Offsetting CIC to create a new woodland in the UK. 9Trees is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, set up by a group of people determined to make a positive impact on the environment. With years of experience in nature conservation, promoting native wildlife and sustainable woodlands whilst creating much needed countryside jobs throughout the UK is at the core of 9Tree's mission.
We chose 9 Trees as our partner for a number of reasons:
Tree planting has a wide number of environmental benefits, beyond tackling climate change:
also offer a personal carbon offsetting subscription. Please visit their website for more details.
Tree planting FAQs
Is our tree planting programme suitable for offsetting or net zero neutralisation?
Tree planting is highly beneficial for both removing carbon from the atmosphere and more promoting biodiversity. However, the downside is that the carbon is removed as the tree grows so it takes at least 50 years for a significant benefits to be realised. This makes tree-planting unsuitable to offset emissions that have already happened. Also, although we take every care to ensure that our trees are nurtured for at least 50 years, the future is uncertain and there is no way to guarantee that every tree will remove the same amount of carbon and that they will never be cut down. Finally, we are confident that our partner, 9 Trees CIC, will manage our nurture our trees well, however they do not pay for the independent carbon monitoring that would be required to use the trees for neutralising emissions.
For these reasons our tree planting programme is not suitable for carbon neutral offsetting or neutralising residual emissions for a claim of net zero.
Our Gold Standard carbon credits are suitable for offsetting. Note: we no longer promote the concept of offsetting and do not encourage business to pursue Carbon Neutrality as a goal. Click here to read why.Click here to learn more
Our Woodland Carbon Code carbon credits are suitable for neutralising residual emissions for a Net Zero claim.Click here to learn more
How will our Tree purchases be recognised?
Do you recognise investments in other nature conservation or regeneration schemes?
Yes, we do. If you are a member of the Road to Net Zero programme, any investment in nature conservation or regeneration will be recognised on your certificate as a "Contribution to future impact" (see Certification page for details). We will just need to see evidence to demonstrate that the investment you have made will promote biodiversity, be free of adverse unintended consequences (especially for indigenous peoples) and be managed for the long-term.