Unique ID: 103000000004407
Project Status: Verified - Year 5
Project Developer: James Hepburne Scott, Forest Carbon Ltd
Project Location: Kidburngill Farm, Lamplugh, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 4RL
Previous Land Use: Heavily Grazed Pastureland
Net Planted Area: 34.39 ha
Species Mix: 64% Oak, 26% Alder, 11% Ash.
Woodland Management: Minimum Intervention, management only for access and minor firewood removal
Estimated Sequestration Rate: 18,891 tonnes CO2e over 100 years
Start Date: Carbon Project commenced January 2010
Moorside Woods (also known as Kidburngill) have been created on inorganic soils in undulating farmland on a prominent hill slope close to the Lake District National Park in Cumbria. The land was previously heavily grazed pastureland. The new woods can easily be seen from the A5086 Cleator Moor to Cockermouth road and are fully accessible to the public. The landowner has tried to imitate and complement the surrounding landscape by planting a mixture of native broadleaves which are not in species blocks but positively mixed.
The Green Insurance Company have purchased the majority of carbon from this project, and got involved to satisfy their commitments to their customers to lock up CO2 equivalent to the annual emissions from the vehicles they were insuring. The company planted its one millionth tree in 2011 and expects to reach two million in 2013 – all driven by demand from their green-minded customers.
June Lynch, Managing Director of The Green Insurance Company says:
“As an environmentally-conscious business, The Green Insurance Company proudly supports carbon capture schemes and the regeneration of British countryside through new woodland. We are delighted that our Kidburngill site has achieved Woodland Carbon Code validation and would like to thank our customers, whose decision to insure their vehicles with us has made this possible. Our business launched in 2007 and in just five short years we’ve planted over two million trees. We’re excited about the future impact we can have upon woodland across the country and believe the validation at Kidburngill will be one of many.”
James Osborn, the landowner says: “Our native broadleaf woodland will provide links to adjacent woodlands and to the surrounding landscape – it sits on the edge of the Lake District National Park. It provides a much needed habitat for birds and the choice of tree species reflects this. Although deer are an important native mammal and they will undoubtedly use the woodland as cover as they move around the landscape. We have protected the trees with 1.2m shelters instead of using deer fencing and we will be keeping an eye on their development in the area so that they don’t harm the woodland as it establishes. With Moorside Woods being so near to the Lake District we should have plenty of opportunities to get people interested and involved over the coming years.”
Steve Prior, Forest Carbon Director says: “We were extremely pleased at the launch of the Woodland Carbon Code, and proud to be the developers of Kidburngill, the first project in England to achieve validation under the Code. Since 2006 Forest Carbon has been creating woodlands all over the UK for environmentally conscious businesses. We look forward to continued work with The Green Insurance Company, and companies like them, in creating high quality new woodlands for the UK.”
The Management Plan doesn’t include any formal management beyond getting the trees growing and maintaining the access. After 5 and then every 10 years we are going to monitor the amount of carbon captured by the woodland using Method B of the Carbon Assessment Protocols. This will help us to get an accurate figure of the amount of good it is doing to help combat climate change. We've used the Forestry Commission's models to predict that the woodland will take 18,891 tCO2e out of the atmosphere over 100 years.
Woodlands can provide the setting for a whole host of additional benefits as well as locking up carbon dioxide, this woodland will act as a safe haven for wildlife and as a place for people to enjoy. The new woodland should act as a buffer to the rivers and other water bodies that are nearby and reduce flood risks in the area too due to uptake of water by the woodland. There is no intention to manage the woodland beyond ensuring that it gets a good start in life and maintaining access.
Forest Carbon organised and brokered the carbon finance with The Green Insurance Company, quality assured the carbon aspects of the project, and arranged for the woodland to be planted. In the long term James Holliday MICFor, an experienced forestry manager, will manage the project on behalf of the owners, and Forest Carbon will monitor its performance on behalf of The Green Insurance Company.