The Carbon community started by asking a simple question: ‘How do you plant trees to maximize carbon recovery from the air?’ It turned out that the answer is not simple – in discussion with leading environmental scientists it became clear that we don’t really know the answer.
It also became clear that environmental scientists have carbon sequestration projects running successfully in the lab, but there’s great difficulty in scaling these up with field trials. There is a chronic shortage of test sites where environmental scientists can run field trials, without which promising techniques languish in the lab, and don’t get deployed at scale.
As a result, the Carbon Community created a facility at The Glandwr Forest to enable environmental scientists to test out the latest science on a large scale. This test grid comprises 72 test cells across a 28-acre part of the Glandwr Forest containing more than 25,000 trees. This is by far the largest and most comprehensive carbon sequestration study in the UK, and of global significance. From discussions with scientists for forest researchers, we expect this facility to be used for many scientific studies for decades to come. Much of environmental science relies on consistent, careful measurements over time, and the charity structure ensures that this facility will be there for generations to come.
Carbon Community Trading Limited (Company Number 12973020) is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Carbon Community. Many charities have trading companies because certain charities are required to charge VAT on some charitable activities – for example the sale of memberships, merchandise or admission fees as a way of raising money for the charity. More details can be found here www.gov.uk
Carbon Community Trading was established in 2020 for this purpose. As revenue streams are established, VAT will be charged on these activities and all future profits from these activities will go to The Carbon Community (Registered Charity 1187231).
No. The Carbon Community is focused on breakthrough scientific research to maximize carbon sequestration in trees and soil. The Carbon Community has not sold any carbon credits / carbon offsets. We also do not include a carbon calculator on our website. For more on our philosophy on offsetting this blog is a useful backgrounder.