Offsetting Projects

In recognition of the carbon impact of your funerals we are investing in woodland creation in the UK that will not only capture our CO2 over time, but will also offer a host of other benefits, including flood alleviation, water quality improvements, habitat creation, employment, public access, sustainable timber and cleaner air. We are mitigating our activities, while helping the UK landscape and economy adapt to a new climate. As well as a range of global forestry and peatland projects jointly verified under the ‘Verified Carbon Standard’ and the ‘Carbon, Community and Biodiversity Standard’.
Below are some of our projects you are choosing to support;

New Native Woodland

Jon’s Wood

Country England
Location Co. Durham,nr Crook
UK grid reference NZ173357
Total gross planted area (hectares) 10.17
Anticipated CO2 capture (tonnes) 7,271
Approximate trees planted 23,625

Narrative

The vision for Jon’s Wood is to create a new native woodland that supports the local community and improves woodland habitat connectivity in the surrounding area. In addition to these ecological benefits the woodland will also capture and store over 7,000 tonnes of CO2e during its growing lifetime whilst the tree roots hold the soil in position to prevent it from being washed away during heavy rain events, which are predicted to become more frequent as the climate warms during the coming decades.

Tom's Wood

Country England
Location York
UK grid reference SE689655
Total gross planted area (hectares) 18.2
Anticipated CO2 capture (tonnes) 7,271
Approximate trees planted 52,710

Narrative

The vision for Tom’s Wood is to create a new native woodland that supports local biodiversity and improves woodland habitat connectivity in the surrounding area. In addition to these ecological benefits the woodland will also capture and store over 14,000 tonnes of CO2e during it’s growing lifetime, whilst the tree roots hold the soil in position, protecting it from erosion during heavy rain events, which are predicated to become more frequent as the climate warms during the coming decades.

Peatland Restoration

Gameshope Loch

Country Scotland
Location Scottish Borders, nr. Moffat
UK grid reference NT130165
Total gross planted area (hectares) 48.3 hectares
Anticipated CO2 capture (tonnes) 11,336 tonnes
Peatland Code status Validated

Narrative

Peatlands are special environments that hold a wide array of unusual and threatened wildlife as well as being important carbon stores and sources of drinking water. Peatland restoration aims to return damaged peatlands to a stable state where they are able to function naturally and support their typical wildlife. This is mainly achieved by providing the right stabilised, water level conditions to support the key peatland vegetation that is responsible for laying down and protecting the peat carbon store.

The peatland restoration at Gameshope loch is part of a wider, multi-site project to tackle degraded peatlands across the Talla and Gameshope estate. A combination of bare peat re-vegetation, hagg re-profiling and gully blocking will allow the water table to rise and peat-forming plant species to re-colonise the area. These plants trap carbon while they are alive and the waterlogged habitat prevents them from decomposing when they die, resulting in their carbon being stored as layers of peat.

By restoring the peatland, this project will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the degraded habitat, but will also allow the landscape to store more water and support a greater diversity of wildlife, including iconic species like red grouse and hen harrier. Another key aim of this project is education, with the Borders Forest Trust hoping to host site visits from academics, policy makers and conservation bodies, to raise awareness about peatlands and demonstrate effective techniques for delivering restoration.

International

Katingan

Peatland and Forest Conservation REDD+, Indonesia

The project protects and restores over 140 000 hectares of peatland ecosystems by helping local people build sustainable sources of income through agriculture, agro forestry, eco tourism and aquaculture This prevents the conversion of the area to industrial plantations of acacia, a tree which is commonly used for flooring Conversion through forest clearance, draining and burning of the underlying peat would release the large carbon and methane stored by the area, as well as destroy the rich biodiversity Carbon finance funds activities helping residents to make a living from non timber forest products like rattan, honey, coconut and jelutong, fire prevention, eco tourism, canal management and sustainable fisheries

Project type Agricultural, forestry and landscapes
Region Indonesia
Standards VCS and CCB

Over 90% of the carbon is in the underlying peat soils. The project has prevented the release of over 37 million tonnes CO 2 e

Sustainable Development Goals

In addition to delivering emissions reductions to take climate action (SDG 13 the project delivers several other benefits including.

  • Decent Work and Economic Growth A community development programme runs across 34 villages and includes tree nurseries, an agroecology school and microfinance loans
  • Clean Water and Sanitation Conservation activities improve the supply, consistency and quality of drinking water available
  • Gender Equality Financial empowerment increases social mobility for women and inclusion in decision making processes
    • NO POVERTY
      ZERO HUNGER
      HEALTH & WELL-BEING
      QUALITY EDUCATION
      GENDER EQUALITY
      CLEAN WATER
      AFFORDABLE ENERGY
      ECONOMIC GROWTH
      RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION
      CLIMATE ACTION
      LIFE BELOW WATER
      LIFE ON LAND
      JUSTICE & PEACE
      PARTNERSHIPS

Rimba Raya

Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve REDD+, Indonesia

Based on the island of Borneo, the project preserves carbon dense tropical peat swamp by halting deforestation of roughly 47 000 hectares of forest which were originally slated for conversion to palm oil It focuses on both community development for the 2 500 households living in the area, and biodiversity conservation, particularly protection of the 105 000 endangered Borneo Orangutan It actively engages local communities to improve food security, income, healthcare, and education, all with the support of carbon finance

Project type Forestry and landscapes
Region Asia
Standards VCS and CCB

From 2001 to 2018 Indonesia lost 25.6 Mha of tree cover, equivalent to 10.5 Gt of CO 2 emissions

Sustainable Development Goals

In addition to delivering emissions reductions, the project is the first to have been validated by SDVISta as contributing to all 17 SDGs

  • Life on Land Indonesia has the largest number of threatened mammal species in the world and the fourth largest total across flora and fauna species types With GPS linked mobile phones, data is collected during field surveys for biodiversity monitoring
  • Clean Water and SanitationBy minimising land use change, the project is helping to prevent downstream flooding Through local partnerships it is also training communities to manufacture and sell inexpensive water filtration devices, to provide clean drinking water
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure The project is building news and radio communication facilities and community centres for project staff and the community
    • NO POVERTY
      ZERO HUNGER
      HEALTH & WELL-BEING
      QUALITY EDUCATION
      GENDER EQUALITY
      CLEAN WATER
      AFFORDABLE ENERGY
      ECONOMIC GROWTH
      RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION
      CLIMATE ACTION
      LIFE BELOW WATER
      LIFE ON LAND
      JUSTICE & PEACE
      PARTNERSHIPS
      INDUSTRY INNOVATION
      REDUCE INEQUALITY
      SUSTAINABLE CITIES

Jurua

Amazonian Rainforest Conservation, Brazil

The project prevents deforestation in 28 000 hectares of pristine rainforest in western Acre state, Brazil, home to the Amazon basin and some of the world’s most biodiverse habitats The project works with communities and local groups and uses carbon revenues to help protect ecosystem services 35 communities live inside the project area, all in close proximity to the northern banks of the Valparaiso River, a major tributary of the Amazon providing critical ecosystem services Improvements to roads leading to the area have greatly increased the pressures on the lands

Project type Agricultural, forestry and landscapes
Region Latin America
Standards REDD+, VCS and CCB-Gold

The communities of Jurua practice small scale subsistence farming

Sustainable Development Goals

In addition to delivering approximately 150 000 tonnes of emissions reductions each year to take climate action (SDG 13 the project delivers a number of other sustainable development benefits These include

  • Life on Land A key part of the project is the land owners working with the families to give them formal rights to individual parcels of land in return for assistance in preventing deforestation
  • Zero HungerBy minimising land use change, the project is helping to prevent downstream flooding Through local partnerships it is also training communities to manufacture and sell inexpensive water filtration devices, to provide clean drinking water
    • NO POVERTY
      ZERO HUNGER
      HEALTH & WELL-BEING
      QUALITY EDUCATION
      GENDER EQUALITY
      CLEAN WATER
      AFFORDABLE ENERGY
      ECONOMIC GROWTH
      RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION
      CLIMATE ACTION
      LIFE BELOW WATER
      LIFE ON LAND
      PARTNERSHIPS

Forestal el Arriero

Sustainable Forestry, Uruguay

This project represents the conversion of land in the east of Uruguay previously under extensive grazing by beef cattle to high quality and high value timber production, expected to be used for long lived products and so ensuring continued carbon storage Forests are re planted after felling, providing continuous rotations of carbon capture The projects contribute to sustainable development in Uruguay, mainly through 1 increased employment and quality of employment 2 rural development ( 3 improved national balance of payments through exports and value added activity in country 4 biodiversity preservation and 5 improvement and preservation of soil quality Although established on former grazing land there has not been any displacement of grazing activity Planting is planned and laid out to protect habitat connectivity Forestry is expected to employ more than twice as many people in the region as the displaced grazing, and also create conditions for investment in downstream timber industries

Project type Agricultural, forestry and landscapes
Region Latin America
Standards VCS

Only 33% of the world’s timber comes from sustainable sources projects such as this are vital to protecting old growth forests

Sustainable Development Goals

NO POVERTY
ZERO HUNGER
HEALTH & WELL-BEING
QUALITY EDUCATION
GENDER EQUALITY
CLEAN WATER
AFFORDABLE ENERGY
ECONOMIC GROWTH
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION
CLIMATE ACTION
PARTNERSHIPS
LIFE ON LAND

Conservation Coast

Forest Conservation REDD+, Guatemala

The project area is located in Department of Izabal in the Caribbean coast region of Guatemala, in the Sarstun Motagua reference region proposed by the national level REDD+ program Belonging to the biologically diverse Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, forests in the project area are important nationally and internationally for the ecosystem services they provide The project is the world’s largest grouped forest based carbon project hundreds of diverse landowners (including governmental, NGO, private and community) have joined to protect 675 parcels of forest making up a total of 59 341 hectares A truly landscape scale and community based project Activities on the ground to develop sustainable livelihoods include working with local farmers on technical assistance, agriculture inputs and route to market for a variety of sustainably produced commodities such as spices and jungle leaves, as well as developing this beautiful coastline into a thriving eco tourism hub The project is critical to local water supply, as municipal water comes from the watershed protected by our project In addition, protecting forests along coastlines also can help in coastal defence and disaster risk reduction for local communities

Project type Agricultural, forestry and landscapes
Region Latin America
Standards VCS and CCBA

This project protects a critical migratory corridor for biodiversity, including hundreds of bird species, connecting North and South America

Sustainable Development Goals

NO POVERTY
ZERO HUNGER
HEALTH & WELL-BEING
QUALITY EDUCATION
GENDER EQUALITY
CLEAN WATER
AFFORDABLE ENERGY
ECONOMIC GROWTH
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION
CLIMATE ACTION
PARTNERSHIPS
LIFE ON LAND

Nii Kaniti

Forest Conservation REDD+, Guatemala

The Nii Kaniti project in Peru focuses on protecting rainforest and avoiding deforestation on community land through scaling up sustainable community forest management It integrates conservation activities that put a value on indigenous led development with FSC certified timber extraction and cacao agroforestry The project is located in Ucayali, a region in the central part of Eastern Peru, on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest By protecting 119 837 hectares of critical rainforest ecosystem, the project will reduce global emissions by 2 7 million tonnes of CO 2 by 2021 The project area is comprised of community land from seven indigenous communities located around the Ucayali River Native communities are the second largest managers of forest land in Peru and are key actors in the success of forest, biodiversity, culture and climate protection at the world scale The project addresses the local, economic drivers of deforestation and forest degradation by supporting the development of socially inclusive businesses

Project type Agricultural, forestry and landscapes
Region Latin America
Standards VCS and CCBA

Nii Kaniti was the first indigenous FSC certified programme in the world and the first of any kind in Peru. Sustainable timber is critical to protecting old growth forest

Sustainable Development Goals

NO POVERTY
ZERO HUNGER
GENDER EQUALITY
ECONOMIC GROWTH
RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION
CLIMATE ACTION
JUSTICE & PEACE
LIFE ON LAND
INDUSTRY INNOVATION