Just how much carbon will the Jubilee woods store?

I read about the Woodlands Trust’s Diamond Jubilee woods campaign. 6 million trees will be planted, including a 460 acre new wood (or plantation) in Northamptonshire.

I hope they are all going to be planted in the right places, not on nice grasslands, or on areas where nice grasslands should be restored/created.

The Woodland Trust press release extolled the virtues of trees as carbon stores

The planting scheme will be making Britain greener in more ways than one – as well as the beauty of the trees themselves, they will reduce the impact of pollution; the carbon lock-up potential from six million trees is roughly equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide output of a million cars.

This statistic didn’t look quite right to me so I did some calculations – and yes, what it actually means is that over the lifetime of the trees – a couple of hundred years – and assuming a lot of caveats, they will soak up the CO2 produced by a million cars in one year.

What’s really interesting is that converting intensively managed grasslands to wildlife-rich grasslands creates the same amount of carbon storage as planting trees. And you can carry on grazing them, unlike plantations.


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The Grasslands Trust is the only national UK charity that focuses entirely on saving grasslands that are valuable because they are rich in wildlife, history, or for other reasons.
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