UK Forestry Commission launches Woodland Carbon Code

Applications for woodland creation projects are being encouraged under the new Woodland Carbon Code

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Applications for woodland creation projects are being encouraged under the new Woodland Carbon Code

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The Woodland Carbon Code is a new initiative set up by the UK Forestry Commission that sets out requirements for individuals and businesses taking part in tree-planting as part of carbon reduction programmes. The code requires that woodland projects must be managed to national standards, be part of a consistent national approach, use established methods for calculating the amount of carbon captured and be independently checked.

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The code faces some scepticism from individuals such as Martin Harper, conservational director of the RSPB, who voiced concerns about using woodland as ‘sponges’ to offset carbon emissions and the problems caused by irresponsible tree planting. He also said that it is important to remember the vital role woodland areas play in supporting endangered wildlife (not just their usefulness in carbon offsetting) but also that there are other habitats, such as peat bogs, that need support