Use the Carbon calculator below to estimate your Carbon footprint and use our tree tags to understand the trees you need to plant to offset it!
Now that we have rated our trees with their carbon scores, showing how much carbon they store in their lifetime, we have added this carbon calculator. You can single out a car journey, holiday or even your day to day activities to work out your carbon footprint and see how trees can offset your carbon usage.
Every tree planted is a credit to the environment. During the process of photosynthesis, trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen and in the process store carbon to form the basis of their structures.
When we first started growing trees over thirty years ago this always fascinated us as we are the opposite by consuming oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide as a by-product. It has a near perfect completeness about it, a symbiotic relationship in fact. Animal and Plant Kingdoms working together in balance.
However, our species has shifted this balance, consuming too greatly by producing technologies that are destabilising our environment and shifting us into unchartered waters in terms of climate change. At the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic the BBC attributed extreme weather as ‘possibly’ linked to climate change but there has been a very interesting shift in the media in 2020 with it now being talked of as a certainty.
We are getting summer storms with winds exceeding 50mph, periods of extreme drought, flash floods, and the new term ‘Tropical Days’, where the temperature exceeds 30 degrees Celsius. It used to be unheard of to get 40 millimetres of rain in one go, now it is the norm; we get so many storms that we are putting names to them; and the temperature continues to rise.
By preserving existing trees as well as planting new ones and looking after them, we can lock up some of the excess carbon dioxide that is changing our climate.
Fagus sylvatica, carbon asset
Fotheringhay Oak, 500+ year carbon offset asset