The planting of trees to create new woodlands is an important part of the effort to combat climate change and environmental degradation. Trees planted through the Woodland Saver tree planting scheme permanently “lock up” or sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in their wood and the soil of the woodland where they grow.

Tree planting through our Woodland Saver Accounts is certified by the UK Government’s Woodland Carbon Code, which offers you the assurance that planting will deliver the carbon saving claimed, and that the trees represent genuine new planting. Compliance with the Code also means that we know the right type of trees have been planted in the right place, and that the woodlands are sustainably managed and are protected in the long-term.

Planting trees to grow UK woodlands offers a host of other benefits to the environment and the community, including:

  • Boosting biodiversity
  • Flood mitigation
  • Reducing pollution - air, water & soil
  • The positive community impact of green spaces
  • Providing employment

Your Woodland Saver Account tree will be planted in one of four specific UK woodland projects through our tree planting partner, Forest Carbon:

Our tree planting partner


We are working with Forest Carbon to grow UK woodlands with our Woodland Saver Account holders. Forest Carbon leads the way in developing woodland creation and peatland restoration projects for carbon capture and ecosystem services. Through the planting of over 9.5 million new trees in 200+ new woodlands in the UK since 2006, Forest Carbon and partner projects are removing over 2.1 million tonnes of CO2 from the global atmosphere. The quality of Forest Carbon’s schemes is assured by the UK Government’s Woodland Carbon Code.

For more information, please see the Forest Carbon website.

Your tree will be planted in one of these four UK woodland projects

Habitat for Red Squirrels

With their distinctive russet fur, the native red squirrel is a captivating sight. The introduction of the grey squirrel caused the numbers of native red squirrels to plummet. One of the project sites for our Woodland Saver tree planting scheme is Lowther Whale. Nestled in the Lake District this land is at the heart of Cumbria’s red squirrel stronghold. Thanks to this project’s use of sensitive forest management practices, red squirrels are thriving here. As the new woodland matures, the red squirrel’s habitat will flourish.

What is the Woodland Carbon Code?

The Woodland Carbon Code delivers externally verified projects, certified by UKAS accredited bodies to ISO standards, that offer tangible social and environmental benefits; it is the only standard of its kind in the UK. The Code offers our customers the assurance that Woodland Saver tree planting projects will deliver the benefits claimed, and that the woodland represents genuine new planting.

Each project developed under the Code is registered with the independent Markit Registry, a leading provider of global carbon and environmental credit registry services. Projects are certified to ISO standards by a UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) accredited third party and an ongoing monitoring programme for the woodlands is agreed between the parties.

You can read more detailed information about our Woodland Saver Tree Planting Scheme here.

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