£50m scheme to encourage farmers to plant trees


A new £50m government scheme launched this month aims to encourage farmers and landowners in England to plant more trees.


The scheme looks to provide long-term financial income needed for landowners to invest in carbon sequestration - the process by which trees lock up and store carbon from the atmosphere. Successful participants will be offered the option to sell Woodland Carbon Units to the government over 35 years at a guaranteed price set by auction.


To apply for the Woodland Carbon Guarantee, land owners need to register their projects with the Woodland Carbon Code - the voluntary standard for UK woodland creation projects where claims are made about the carbon dioxide they sequester.


For more information go to www.gov.uk/guidance/woodland-carbon-guarantee