Earth Day 2023: planting our woodland

How the trees we’ve planted will help to capture carbon and promote biodiversity.

Earth Day 2023: planting our woodland 
We work hard to minimise our impact on the environment – we’ve recently written about the recycled and recyclable materials we’re proud to use here.

We also keep a particularly close eye on our carbon footprint. It’s why we choose to transport our goods on modern, low-emission ships, avoiding air freight wherever possible.  

Monitoring and reducing our emissions are good steps to make. But what if we could capture carbon too? 

Well, we realised we could. And the answer was on our doorstep. 

This Earth Day, we wanted to tell you more.
On a sunny day last May, we headed into the fields attached to our Wiltshire HQ with DBL Estates to create a new woodland. 

Across four acres, we introduced a wide range of native broadleaved species (those without needles) like oak, cherry, field maple and silver birch trees, and hazel, honeysuckle and dogwood shrubs. 

And to make sure the woodland establishes well, for the first five years, any broken posts, tree guards or failed trees will be routinely replaced. 

Using Woodland Carbon Code methodology, it’s estimated by Forest Carbon that our trees and shrubs will capture 600 tonnes of CO2 over the next 100 years. 

To put that into perspective, just one tonne of CO2 is roughly equivalent to the average emissions of a passenger on a return flight from Paris to New York. 

Yet capturing carbon isn’t the only benefit. 
A native broadleaved wood like ours is best adapted to conditions in the UK, and as a result, plays a crucial role in promoting biodiversity. 

From foxes and badgers to bats, beetles and all manner of fungi, lichens and mosses, over time, our young woodland will grow to provide a home for huge numbers of wildlife. 

Find out more about Earth Day and how you can get involved here