"A new reforestation approach, rooted in science, to increase carbon sequestration in trees & soil.”

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Community Science Volunteering

27th & 28th August, 8th & 9th October

Join us for a Community Science Volunteer Day. Help us to tag, measure and catalogue trees in our carbon sequestration field trial. Learn new skills and have fun in the fresh air!

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Forests for Carbon.

At The Carbon Community our mission is to create forests and accelerate carbon removal, with breakthrough science. 

Planting is now complete for this season at Glandwr Forest in Wales, a new broadleaf forest of more than 75,000 trees, and a scientific field trial of more than 25,000 trees.

Nestled inside Glandwr is our landmark carbon sequestration study. A large scale field trial, designed with world leading scientists, that aims to uncover a new reforestation approach, rooted in science, to increase carbon sequestration in trees & soil. 

This is forests for carbon.
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A Landmark Carbon Study.

In Spring 2021 more than 25,000 new trees have been planted on 28 acres in a field trial combining two nature-based climate solutions never previously deployed together at scale. 

The project will assess the combined effects of forest microbiome inoculation and basalt addition, and their ability to accelerate and enhance the storage of carbon in mixed broadleaf and conifer monoculture forests. 

Over the first two years, the project will measure the carbon stored in the trees and soil, and the results will identify the combination of treatments with the most impact.

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Trees & Soil.

Much of the reforestation in the UK will happen on former agricultural land, including pasture land.  The soil microbiome in former pastureland is completely different to the soil microbiome of a healthy forest.

Our field trial will look at two soil treatments, microbiome inoculation and basalt addition, and their impact on tree growth, tree survival and soil carbon to understand what combination of these treatments best accelerates and enhances carbon sequestration.
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“This is an important world-first field trial which will measure carbon sequestered in trees and soil on a scope and scale not seen before. ”

Dr Colin Averill, 
ETH Zürich, Crowther Lab

“This exciting new partnership enables us to understand basalt addition in a reforestation project, including the potential carbon sequestration when co-deployed with forest microbiome restoration.”

Professor David Beerling, 
Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation University of Sheffield

“It is very exciting to be able to conduct a trial of this scale so we can understand the impact of basalt addition and soil microbiome inoculation on tree survival, tree growth, and the soil.”

Dr Bonnie Waring, 
The Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London

“Over the course of the project we will be examining mycorrhizal fungi in soils, sapling and tree roots, this will give us much better insight into the role soil inoculation can play in reforestation projects across the UK.”

Dr Laura M. Suz, 
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

“This is a unique field trial which will help to advance our understanding of the combined impact of both basalt addition and soil microbiome inoculation on carbon sequestration.”

Professor Martin Bidartondo, 
Imperial College London & The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

“This is a large piece of careful science using up and coming but largely untested mechanisms in addition to the planting of trees. There is huge potential for the co-deployment of these mechanisms, basalt addition and mychorrizal fungi inoculation, which is why a study of this scale is so important.”

Professor Pete Smith, 
Scottish Climate Change Centre of Expertise, University of Aberdeen

“Without real-world experimentation, like that at Glandwr, the storage of carbon in forests will remain uncertain and our policies will remain prone to adverse outcomes.”

Professors Rob Jackson and Rob MacKenzie, 
Birmingham Institute of Forest Research

“With this unique project we aim to restore biodiversity, enhance tree survival and unlock huge potential to accelerate and enhance the carbon stored in trees and soil.”

Charles Nicholls 
Co-Founder and TrusteeThe Carbon Community
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