Over recent months we have fielded numerous queries around the issue of woodland creation and carbon. The Government publication ‘PostNote 636 January 2021’ set out concisely the key factors influencing how much carbon is taken up by woodland, the different objectives of woodland creation and the main constraints to increasing UK tree cover and different finance options.
- Creating new woodland is widely agreed to be necessary for the UK to meet its 2050 net zero greenhouse gas emissions target.
- All woodlands have the potential to take up and store CO2, produce timber, enhance biodiversity and deliver other benefits, including recreation and reduced flooding.
- The amount CO2 taken up and other benefits or negative effects of woodland creation depend on where and how woodland is established, tree species present, site conditions and management.
- Constraints on woodland creation include economic viability, land tenure, cultural values, permanence of land use change and environmental sensitivities.
- Incentives for woodland creation include government grants and carbon payments. Support could be increased through private finance for multiple environmental benefits.
With spring now emerging it is possible to evaluate how areas of land have performed through the last winter’s weather and identify which areas might be suitable for alternative uses and possible woodland.
On the back of the success of our recent guidance booklets on ash dieback and biodiversity net gain we are planning to prepare a briefing note to cover the frequently asked questions, both for landowners and investors later this spring. However, in the meantime our team of expert foresters and environmental professionals can help you to understand the potential, including design, grant options and alternative revenue streams such as Carbon and Biodiversity Net Gain.
Please call us for a no obligation conversation.