3rd Apr 2020
With timber at the heart of almost every Barr Group project - it seems fitting that the direction of our carbon offsetting endeavours should be through restoring the forest canopy.
Although using timber to build and manufacture locks in carbon, sequestration of carbon dioxide by trees from the atmosphere, equates to approximately 270 tonnes of CO2 sequestered within 40 years per hectare of woodland. This CO2 plus that which is sequestered during its entire life cycle, is held secure, even when it is processed in the form of a building.
Despite using sustainable timber sourcing, the Barr Group, as most organisations, still has a long way to go in terms of carbon offsetting. We were lucky to have the opportunity for local forestry experts Nicholsons to educate the team and help us kick start a tree-planting program, which we hope will build momentum through the engagement of Barr Group clients and collaborators.
On a chilly morning back in February, Dai Lewis, Nicholsons Senior Woodland Manager, took the BarrJoinery crew through the theory and practice of tree planting. The site was previously unused and is to become an area of natural woodland with a clearing for camping and playing in the shade. With two hundred infant trees now in the ground (a drop on the ocean – but a start none the less!) we wait for the green shoots of a little future forest.
As Dai quotes, ‘The tree we want to plant today, for tomorrow, should have been planted yesterday’. That said it is never too little or too late. The Barr Group are hoping that this is a project with which we can engage clients and collaborators, and will eventually grow into much more!
The ‘Carbon Canopy’ initiative is a scheme run by Grown in Britain, a-not-for-profit organisation working in conjunction with partners nationwide to: PROTECT the Climate. RESTORE the Canopy. FUND new forests.
Last year the Committee on Climate Change published ‘Net Zero: the UK’s Contribution to Stopping Global Warming’, asking for the current 13% of UK woodland coverage to be increased to 17% by 2050 (the European average currently sits at 35%). This would require planting 30,000 additional hectares every year for the next 30 years (in 2018-19 only 13,000 hectares were planted and 11,000 of these were in Scotland). The longer-term aims are even more ambitious, but none the less necessary. For those of us not used to the metric system in land terms - one hectare is 2.5 acres (pretty much the size of a rugby field).
The Carbon Canopy Program is looking for:
Landowners and farmers in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties who would be prepared to commit land to afforestation (ideally one hectare or larger, to maximise the value and impact of the planting).
Investors (private and corporate) who want to plant trees to sequester carbon and build a healthier planet. Corporate grants may be available for companies planting up more than a hectare at a time – a process with which the experts at Nicholsons can lend a hand.
Please get in touch with if you would like to hear more about the scheme. The Nicholsons team remain available (from home through the C-19 lockdown) to advise and plan.