Carbon Offsetting


Philip Payne planting for the future

Trees and other plants absorb CO2 during photosynthesis. The average tree can absorb around 1 tonne of CO2 during the first 100 years of its life. A forest covering many acres can effectively lock up CO2, creating a 'carbon sink'.

On 215 acres of land in Devauden, Monmouthshire, FW Thorpe PLC Group plans to plant 2500 trees each year - the plot has a capacity of 155,000 trees in total. Native broadleaf species will maximise the potential of the site, and link up adjoining ancient woodlands improving the local environment.

Sustainable forest management will ensure that the trees thrive and are harvested at appropriate times to be used in wood-related products, ensuring that the carbon is held within the wood well past the life of the tree. Whenever a tree is felled, it will be replaced with another.

The project has been designed and will be managed by a silviculturalist (an expert in the development and management of forests).

View Philip Payne's Carbon Offsetting Programme