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I’ll do it, but only if you’ll help

Pledge “treeplanting”

"I will have 10 trees planted to offset my total carbon dioxide emissions for 2005 but only if 99 other people will do the same."

— Simon Holledge

Deadline to sign up by: 31st December 2005
110 people signed up (11 over target)

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My wife and I estimate our total CO2 emissions at 6.5 tonnes, which could be cancelled out by 10 trees. Various organizations can help with this. For example, the Woodland Trust charge GBP 50 for planting 10 trees in a British wood of your choice, see . (I would be happy to provide more information about CO2 emission calculations and tree planting.)

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  • Simon: could you post a comment containing links to whatever resources you used to calculate your CO2 emissions? Ta.
    Richie Hindle, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I'll willingly match this pledge and I'll be prepared to continue this year on, year out.
  • Thank you to everybody who has signed so far to give this campaign such a terrific launch.

    Supporters have the option of simply donating ten trees, or making their own CO2 calculations and deciding how many to plant.

    I am gathering as much scientific information as I can and will post it here (with sources), perhaps putting it into an FAQ at a later date. (Please note that I am not an expert and will appreciate your input!)


    My wife and I calculate our emissions at 6.5 tonnes of CO2, consisting of 2.2 tonnes (one long distance air flight), 2 tonnes (car) and 2.3 tonnes (home natural gas). We live in a cottage in Scotland and use gas central heating. All our electricity is from renewables.

    More later!
  • I should make a point here. You aren't offsetting CO2 emissions - you're just delaying them. Yes, the CO2 will be absorbed the trees, but when they die and decay at some point in the future, a significant proportion of that CO2 will be released back into the atmosphere.

    I instead will aim to reduce my CO2 'footprint' as much as possible, but I think what you're proposing is better than not doing anything at all.
  • Paul, thanks for your comment. For many of us "reducing our CO2 footprint" is difficult. In my case I can buy green electricity but I have to use a car and fly.

    Planting trees can be part of a long-term strategy, and the absorption of carbon can be considerable, especially within the first ten years of planting. Britain is relatively deforested and we have the opportunity of increasing our woodland. That woodland will regenerate if it is protected.

    Clearly this campaign represents a very small measure against climate change, but I believe it is worthwhile.
    Simon Holledge, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!

    The figures I have been using for calculations are as follows:

    Gas: 0.19 kg of CO2 per KWh
    Electricity: 0.43 kg of CO2 per KWh
    (KWh readings are given on electricity and gas bills).

    Oil (for central heating): 2.68 kg of CO2 per litre
    Coal: 2.419 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of fuel

    These figures were published by the UK government (DEFRA, 2001).
  • Sorry, but the point about 'delaying' emission seems pretty useless to me. There is only so much Carbon and Oxygen on this planet, so the overall goal cannot be to 'reduce' Carbon, since you are not 'producing' it anyway. What you do when you consume fossile fuels is precisely to release the carbon that has been stored in oil etc into the atmosphere, now in the form of CO2. If you plant a sufficient number of trees, this process gets reversed, since trees capture CO2. If you plant a tree, let it grow and burn the wood afterwards, your total CO2 emission will be close to zero.

    Carbon dioxide is not toxic, the negative effect is purely due to too much of it being in our atmosphere, causing the greenhouse effect and ultimately global warming. The problem is that, in the past centuries, we are burning more than what gets captured from the atmosphere. Plant more trees, and you will help to reverse this trend, though I agree, you can be more efficient by reducing the amount that's released.

    When calculating your total CO2 emission, don't forget that only a fraction is what you burn directly in the form of fuel, a lot will come from consumables etc.
    Till, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • A friend of mine sent me here It has a few calculators to help you work out your CO2 emissions and has schemes to help with the offset.
    Jason Reich, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Till, Thanks for your support.

    Jason, Thanks for the link. Looks excellent.
    I have also been looking at Future Forests at

    The sites are very similar, although the emission figures I get from Climate Care are slightly higher.
  • While I commend the gesture being made, the planting of trees to offset carbon emissions is completely unsustainable and not endorsed by industry or government. You would be better off investing in an offsetting project, such as energy efficiency in a developing country, which would prevent future emissions of CO2, thereby offsetting your current emissions by reducing them elsewhere. Look at this website for ideas:
    Oll, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Oll, thank you for the American link, there are indeed different approaches to offsetting carbon emissions but tree planting is widely considered to be one of the best. Bear in mind too that forest and woodland cover is much depleted in Britain.
  • Only in the first 10 years of a trees life does in produce more oxygen than it takes in.
    But more importantly:
    "When a tree dies, it releases its stored carbon back into the air. The death and rotting of one 70-year-old tree would return over 3 tons of carbon to the atmosphere."

    The really big O2 producer on our planet is not the tree but the tons and tons of algae in our oceans.
    Richy, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • To be honest, something not endorsed by industry or government sounds like a very good idea to me. I've planted some trees myself already this year - hopefully the government don't endorse that either.
    Tony Walton, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Last night, I sent out a circular to all signatories but it seems it didn't reach everybody, so I have put up an FAQ file at:

    Please let me know if you have any questions.
    Simon Holledge, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I've signed up, as I like trees, and every tree planted is a good thing. But what people don't seem to appreciate is that the world is warming up (ie "climate change") because the last ice age hasn't ended yet. That's it. Anthropogenic CO2 is about 8% of the total emitted every year (the rest being from volcanoes, natural processes and mid-oceanic ridges), and as every geologist, climatologist and non-charity-sponsored scientist knows - global warming as made by man = myth. Global warming as inexorable phenomenon as part of cycle started 22,000 years ago = fact. Just don't try and convince the massive "carbon lobby" about it....
  • The Merkin, this is not the place for this debate, nor a sensible way to conduct it. Certainly there has been controversy on anthropogenic climate change, but the scientific consensus at the moment is that it is a reality. There are outspoken critics of this view, but to claim that "every geologist, climatologist and non-charity-sponsored scientist" thinks it a myth is gross distortion. Are you claiming that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Geophysical Union, Shell Oil, and British Petroleum (to name just five bodies of many) include no geologists, climatologists, or non-charity-sponsored scientists? You are of course free to believe that they are all engaged in a "carbon lobby" conspiracy; my own opinion is that those on the other side of the debate, such as ExxonMobil, have a far clearer reason for bias.

    Anyhow, I am attempting to defuse this argument, rather than prolong it. I encourage everyone to critically assess the various viewpoints and form their own conclusions, as I did. is a good starting point.
    Wilbur, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I have found a company called growaforest, who also plant trees (and are a not-for-profit organisation)to offset CO2 production. They have said that for every 10 trees purchased on their site, they will plant an additional 5 trees for free! All you have to do is type 'pledgebanktrees' into the 'company' field (on the payments page), and they will do the rest. I've already been on and done it! Great idea!
    Hannah, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Wilbur, Hannah and others,

    Thank you for the links which I have added to the FAQ at:
    Comments can be added below the FAQ. There is limited space for them here. (I would be pleased to set up a discussion site if there was a demand.)

    I'd appreciate having ideas about how to follow up on this pledge campaign (i.e. after we get the 99 signatories). Please write to me!
  • My local council seem happy to allow *any* TPO tree to be cut down. Every time they allow one, I plant 2 of the same species for future generations.

    Currently planting around 20 trees per year just to keep the trees alive, and to keep pace with the public servants that seem to think that they know anything about CO2.


    Frank Ibber, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • It's been our habit over forty years to plant trees as memorials and as a way of leaving a bit of ourselves wherever we have lived. I'm a member of The National Arbor Day Foundation ( and have been planting ten trees a year for five years now. Every year they send you ten saplings appropriate for your climate. They also sell delicious shade-grown coffee. We are about to leave the Hill Country of Central Texas for a lifestyle with a smaller CO2 footprint in the pine-covered hills of Washington State, and we pledge to continue planting ten trees a year. Our "leadership" notwithstanding, many people in our country do feel ourselves to be part of the world community.
  • Just a thought, but I don't think the woodland trust actually *plant* 10 trees for £50, they will *dedicate* 10 *existing* trees for £50. I think you might need to re-read that website?
    James, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • James,

    I have been trying to get more detailed information from the Woodland Trust since this pledge began. You will appreciate that 'planting' or 'dedicating' is not the issue so much as where the GBP50+ actually goes. The good thing about the Woodland Trust is that they concentrate on indigenous species and maintain their woods well. I am however looking at other options and will include alternatives that anyone suggests on the FAQ.
    Simon Holledge (Pledge Creator), 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I'm already donating £5 a month to which I guess means I cover the 10 trees per year pledge. It's a great idea.
    Chris Lockie, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Chris,
    Thank you for the Trees for Cities link which I have added to the FAQ at:
  • When the time comes to fulfil this pledge, I will be recommending 'Trees for Life', an independent charity in Scotland associated with the Findhorn Association (formerly the Findhorn Foundation).

    For GBP 5 per tree, Trees for Life will arrange for volunteers to plant seedlings, aged between one to two years, of Scots pine, silver birch, downy birch, aspen, alder, willow, holly, juniper, rowan and oak in Glen Moriston and Glen Affric as part of a project to restore the ancient Caledonian Forest and its wildlife, on the west side of Loch Ness. All the seedlings will be of indigenous trees propagated from cones, seeds or berries collected locally, and grown by either Trees for Life or the Forestry Commission.

    The trees will be planted on land owned by the Forestry Commission Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland, the RSPB and private landowners on the basis of long-term agreements to maintain and manage the forest, in some cases under joint responsibility.

    As before, the conversion factor used will be one tree to offset 0.65 tonnes of CO2.

    The Trees for Life website is at:

    They have undertaken to put up a special payments page for this pledge campaign. I will publish the address for this when it is available.

    N. B. As indicated in 'More details' under the pledge, I originally intended to recommend the Woodland Trust, however I now understand that they only arrange carbon offset for companies not individuals. (In any case, my attempts to discuss the pledge directly with them have so far been unsuccessful.)
  • As an aside, Oxfam also offer a 'gift' where you can have 50 trees planted, including fruit trees for people who they will benefit in the developing world. Does this meet the requirements of offsetting the carbon?
    James, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • James,

    Please send me the Oxfam URL. Their scheme sounds very worthwhile, but without knowing the size, species and life expectancy of the trees it is difficult to know if it is relevant to carbon offset.
  • Hi Simon

    The oxfam website is: The item is on the front page.

    I really don't know if this meets the requirements.The only reason I mentioned it is I started a successful pledge to do something else via that site and noticed that and thought it would be a good thing to do anyway. Both schemes seem very worthwhile, but it's always better if you can kill two birds with one stone (not that I'm advocating killing birds!)
    James, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Thank you, James.

    Trees for Life are still my first recommendation for this pledge. Britain has lost most of its tree cover over the past few hundred years and we now have the possibility of putting some of it back.

    The Oxfam project may be worthwhile, but the priority in developing countries should be to save the remaining primary rain forests, which take much longer to regenerate than temperate woodlands in somewhere like Britain. It's a different issue. I have trekked through Indonesian forests, seen illegal logging etc. . . .
  • THANK YOU to everybody for the success of this campaign. It is still open until 31 December, so please continue to spread the word!
  • Pleased to be part of this pledge!

    Have planted 30-40 trees in the last 3 years to combat the local councils ignoring TPOs and destroying important woodland.

    Have just joined woodland trust (as a result of this pledge), and will continue to plant/transplant trees.

    Recent plantings include a sequoia and a giant redwood! Have been (trans)planting sycamores to replace those removed by the local council. Not great trees, but the wildlife love them.

    I've got another 20+ saplings potted up and ready to plant - I guess I've acheived my 10 trees pledge :-)

    F, 15 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Planting trees to "offset" one's CO2 emissions sounds like a neat idea. However, the natural world is very complex and we have to be very careful what we do to it. Really, the best and only reliable way to deal with CO2 is to produce much less of it in the first place. For most of us this will mean making some substantial changes to our lifestyles, not all of which will seem easy.
    Richard Tanner, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • One reason that I started this CO2 offset because I do NOT accept the 'every one must change their lifestyles' argument. It is defeatist. There are only a certain number of actions open to individuals. Tree planting is one of them and it does help. (I don't need to cite all the scientific evidence - it is well established.) For economic reasons people have to use gas and electricity, drive cars and fly etc. Until green alternatives are available changes in lifestyle are NOT a realistic option.

    There is also the political dimension to all this. At the moment Britain is burning more coal and emitting increased amounts of CO2. The 'lifestyles must change' environmentalists should address this issue instead producing woolly talk about the natural world being complex.
  • Simon

    I've done it - in my front garden - sorry for the delay in fulfilling the pledge. 2 Eucalyptus, 2 Oven's Wattle, 2 golden cypressa, 2 Willow Podocarp, 1 brush wattle and a weeping willow. I've also planted a few "non-trees" such as bamboo, laurel, euonymus, and mahonias. What a great idea - over 1050 trees planted because of you - well done.
  • If people want to plant trees to offset CO2 it is essential that they ensure that the trees being planted would not have been planted but for their financial contributions. It's no good paying for trees that would have been planted anyway. It is also essential that the organisation planting the trees owns the land on which they are planted in order to secure their long-term future. See our website for more details.
  • As the pledge creator, I would like to make it clear that we do not endorse or recommend Co2balance Ltd, a commercial company based in Somerset, England (see Mike Rigby's comment above).

    We recommend donating money for tree planting to Trees for Life, a charity in Scotland, or to similar non-profit organizations.
  • Help...I always thought that trees take up oxygen in the water and through the roots and expel the same ammount of oxygen through the leaves. The carbon dioxide is transfered from under the leaves into the fabric of the tree but is released into the air when the tree dies.Trees are a short time fix.Dont get me wrong,I Love trees but the oceans are more important,or am I wrong.....
    EDMUND, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Edmund, thank you for comment, but yes, you are wrong! Trees are important, they are not just planetary decoration.

    Some points:

    (1) trees regenerate, the larger the area planted, the more carbon can be absorbed,

    (2) when trees die much of the carbon is absorbed into the soil, quite apart from the carbon uptake of the young trees that take the place of the old ones,

    (3) many natural processes are involved in the carbon cycle, trees are only one part of the picture, however tree planting is an area where we can get involved (legally and peacefully) as individuals.

    (4) getting your local coal-fired power station taken out of operation would be a far, far greater contribution to limiting CO2 emissions than planting trees. Good luck to you if you want to take this on!
    Simon Holledge (Pledge Creator), 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Simon's right. And the authors of the report on trees emitting methane are incensed by the media's misrepresentation of their work. See
    for more details. The authors concluded that their work shows that trees are up to 4% less efficient as a carbon sink than previously thought. Insignificant.

    As for, this is not a profit-making body. It was set up and funded by 4 friends and is run in our spare time. No-one has taken a penny in remuneration, something that not many charities can boast.
  • Thank you Simon for the information on the co2 debate.Now I know more details on the importance of the trees contribution to our balanced world the more I will plant.I have planted thousands of trees for no expense when I walk on the weekends.In the spring if I see hundreds of seedlings under one tree I move some to another area. I have done this for many years and have spent many hours enjoying the shade of my beautiful young trees. maybe nature has already supplied us with the answer.Other animals eat fruit and distribute the seeds,maybe man should distribute the seedlings,only if there are plenty under one tree.Maybe I will start a new pledge I will transplant 10 seedlings if I can get 1000 people to do the same...regards Edmund.By the way my email is
    EDMUND, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Edmund, Thank you.

    Encouraging the natural regeneration of trees is indeed worthwhile, however the focus of this pledge was to ask people to contribute money to non-profit organizations like Trees for Life (or the Woodland Trust) which would not only plant trees but also importantly maintain the land in the long term.

    Unfortunately, only one third of those who made this pledge have apparently kept it, so I have decided not to run this kind of campaign again, at least not here.

    One of the problems with the Pledge Bank is that it keeps the identity of signatories secret and allows anonymity. This makes it difficult to organize the implementation of the pledge.

    If anyone knows a good alternative to the Pledge Bank for running environmental campaigns, I would be delighted if you could let me know.

    Thanks to all of you who took part and _did_ honour their commitment!

    Best wishes,

  • As a student paying for university, I planted about 987,500 trees over a period of 12 summers. This took place in 6 of Canada's 10 provinces. I know of many individuals that have planted more. Of course, this was largely monoculture and destined for harvesting in about 40-60 years. I would like to think that in the meantime, however, there will be some significant benefit. Ultimately, life systems are supported by green space.
    Claude Broussard, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I've just read all the way done this fantastic and fascinating series of comments.Just to add my ha'pennyworth. All you treelovers out there please visit us at and give us any feedback about our service. We plant trees for airline passengers who are concerned about the environment. One tree for each flight. We call this "making it a Treeflight". Thanks, Ru Hartwell.
  • Well done Simon and everyone. This is a great pledge and we want to encourage a lot more like it.

    We are also compiling a large amount of information, data and code which we will distribute for free to anyone who wants it for non-commercial use. The first tentative steps towards this are here

    If you want to make a similar pledge, please consider using the version of Pledgebank we have up there as it's all focussed on this kind of issue (and all built by the same great team at Pledgebank)!

    Please also check out the EROs section as being more efficient needs to be your first step and offsetting should only used for your unavoidable emissions.

    If you are looking for information and/or want to help or have ideas of other initiatives, please do let me know using the email address on that site.

    Warm regards, Gavin
    gavin, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I want to congratulate Simon on his pledge.The idea is valid as woodlands store more carbon per unit area than other habitats e.g. grassland and therefore net effect is that carbon is removed from the atmosphere (as long as the forest exists and able to regenerate itself). I wanted to compare his numbers to mine. I planted a 12 Hectare plantation on my property. Using a value of 17kg/m2 (, at most 2000 additional tons of organic carbon will be stored by mature forest (in say 40 years time) consisting of about 3000 trees. That's an average of 50tC/year for 3000 trees. Average family emits 10tC/yr, so at very least 600 mature trees, planted now, are needed to offset emissions over a 40 year period for an average family. That' s consistent with simon's numbers (assuming he plants at least 10 trees every year from now on). Good news. The bad news is that we tried to offset everyone's C this way, we would run out of land.
    Joseph Wheatley, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Joseph, its good to hear some really positive comment about offset treeplanting. It has been coming in for a lot of negative copy in the media of late.
    One of the main criticisms of planting trees to withdraw carbon from the atmosphere is the 'temporary' nature of the store. At we have tried to address this in our long term management plan for the forest we plant. We've come up with the following:
    Grow trees to maturity, process the timber into large rectilinear blocks, preserve and then bury in the sea or in the peat bog on which they are growing. Under these anaerobic conditions the decomposition of the wood and the resulting flowback of CO2 to the atmosphere will be very much reduced. Think of how well preserved the timbers of those viking long boats are. Then we plan to start the whole process over again. Grow another forest on the same site....etc, etc. We call this a "Sequestration Farm".
    Keep planting.
  • Hi there,
    I think what you are doing is a great idea, and I'm sure you can do without the criticism of some 'environmentally aware' citizens!
    Anyway, regardless of the whole anthropogenic climate change debate and the offsetting thing- I am interested in setting up a similar initiative. I am a teacher in a British school in Thailand, and we are planning on planting a tree to represent each pillar of the 'Round Sqaure' program. IDEALS (Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service). I was just wondering if you know of any charities offhand that could help plant the trees for us over here, as all the ones you have mentioned have been UK or US charities. We plan on raising the money by recycling our used paper (a mountain of which gets wasted everyday in any school) and making cards out of the recycled paper and selling them to the student body. Do you know which species would be the best to plant in this tropical climate? We were thinking about a different species per pillar but their growth rates would be completely different! Any advice would be much appreciated.
    Thanks very much and keep up the good work, we need more people like you in this world
    Charlie, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I think tree planting in the UK is a great idea - more habitat for example -and I think urban areas and streets should have loads more trees. At the very least on a hot day (and there will be more of them as climate change kicks in) we might all be grateful for some shade. But where I think the carbon numbers are important is if people think they are solving the problem by planting a tree and so can carry on "as usual". If I take a flight and emit 1 tonne, how many years would it take one tree to absorb that one tonne? Presumably much more than one year and in the meantime most of my tonne of carbon emitted is still in the air and contributing to the problem. I suppose I could plant many more trees in a year, but space would become problematic. We need some pretty drastic action in other areas (the way we generate electricity being just one example) to tackle climate change - and it's getting very urgent.
    maryet, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I don't think the woodland trust are planting any new trees as a result of the dedications - aren't they just dedicating existing trees that are already planted?

    To actually plant new trees to offset CO2 I would expect or might be better places to visit.
    R E Broadley, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • As ever I recommend using charities NOT dubious commercial sites - many of which have been advertized here!

    I have discussed carbon-offset planting with the Woodland Trust in the past, and while i believe they do plant new trees after receiving donations, they are a very conservative, government-oriented organization. They have been somewhat disinterested in this project, preferring celebrity-led mass media events etc. focussing on saving ancient woods etc.

    I have recommended Trees for Life as the best partners for this pledge. They are a small, more dynamic, more ecologically-minded charity.
    Simon Holledge (Pledge Creator), 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Quick question I suppose, what are the best trees to plant ? As if I remember my school Science lessons correctly, the leaves of the trees play a major role, then what happens in winter ? especially as it is in winter that CO2 emmissions peak with additional heating requirements etc ?

    Len, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Carbonfreelife are a relatively new company of dedicated professionals enabling individuals and businesses alike the opportunity to offset their carbon footprint.Take a look at the website and see how you can make a difference.
  • Re Carbonfreelife

    The Carbonfreelife site provides no contact details other than an email. As ever I recommend donating to reputable chariries and not to dodgy commercial sites (see my previous comment above).
    Simon Holledge (Pledge Creator), 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Reply to Len:

    Different trees of course absorb CO2 at different rates over different periods of time. I have not seen any figures comparing tree species although these may exist.

    My understanding is that seasonality is not really a factor as the processes involved are medium rather than short-term.
    Simon Holledge (Pledge Creator), 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • It's a shame that Simon feels that commercial offsetting organisations are 'dodgy and dubious' while charities are good. This is much too simplistic. There are plenty of high salaries and overheads found in charities and there are some well-run, low overhead offset companies. One model is not intrinsically better than the other - it depends on the organisation. The key is to ask the right questions of any offset organisation, i.e. what percentage of turnover is spent directly on projects, how is additionality achieved, what accreditation do they have, is tree planting of a type appropriate to the location, is it carried out on land in the ownership of the offset organisation? etc, etc. We had hoped that the proposed government standard would help with this but it doesn't. It appears to be designed exclusively to help prop up the compliance market by pushing voluntary offsetters into buying such offsets.


    Mike Rigby
    Mike Rigby, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Totally agree Mike,
    But then I would because I run one of those 'dodgy and dubious' commercial sites! What is important is whether the offset is valid not whether the people providing it are working for a charity or a company. Climate Care are are a multinational 'charity', The Carbon Neutral Co. are not. What's the difference Simon?
    Ru Hartwell, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • To Mike:

    The Carbonfreelife site to which I referred (above) provides no answers to any of the (pertinent) questions you say should be asked.

    I am sure that some commercial activity is well intentioned and well managed, but there have also been scams - unsuitable plantations on cheap land bought in third world countries etc.

    One more general point: it's not enough just to plant - long-term maintenance and protection of the land is vital. Charities like Trees for Life can provide the necessary guarantees. Companies may be ephemeral and are unlikely to be able to provide assurance that the land will not be sold and deforested at a later date.
    Simon Holledge (Pledge Creator), 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • In reference to the Carbonfreelife site - there are contact details throughout the site,a telephone number 01727 890000 is available as well as email. To clarify the questions above - Carbonfreelife spend 100% of the turnover on site maintenance and acquisition of future carbonfreelife sites. The title deeds for the acre of woodland are transferred into the clients name and the land then owned by that individual or corporation. All of the sites are situated next to existing self sustaining woodlands and the appropriate tree types for the soil, climate and area are planted. Definately worth considering as a valid voluntary offsetting scheme.
  • Does anyone know of any scientific, non-biased websites that contain facts and information on carbon sequestration?
  • I'm trying to find an offsetting scheme that will offset carbon emissions within 1 year. So, if I took a flight this year, all the CO2 would be re-absorbed within 1 year, rather than waiting 30 years for a tree to mature. The one at doesn't appear to say how ling it takes. The one at <a href="">The Carbon Neutral Company</a> say it takes until the trees mature. I'm not aware of a scheme that exists to absorb the CO2 in one year, but if anyone does know I'd like to hear of it.
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Simon Holledge, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Sam Hayes
  • Tom Mead
  • Creag Reece
  • Steve Huxton
  • Liz Jackson
  • Sophie Pert
  • Brad Macpherson
  • Walter de Rooij
  • John Bal
  • Simon Ellis
  • Aisling O'Brien
  • Charles Boisvert
  • James Cronin
  • Ellen
  • Sam Smith
  • Eben Upton
  • Chris Baldwin
  • Richard Pope
  • Arthur Moulding
  • Daniel Moore
  • Erica Packington
  • John Wallace
  • Catherine Wanless
  • Mike Green
  • R Higham
  • Lee Marson
  • Robin Grant
  • Jeremy Melanson
  • Owen Blacker
  • William Cameron
  • Keith Blakemore-Noble
  • Jason Reich
  • Edward Harris
  • Rebekah Phillips
  • Kate Phillips
  • Alex Elspass-Collins
  • Peter Munro
  • Al Spendlove
  • Christine Williams
  • Nigel Metheringham
  • Rosie Head
  • Jane Lattimore
  • Paul Snookes
  • Sally Gurney
  • Georgina Allen
  • Phil Wilson
  • Vicus Scurra
  • Gary Owen
  • Jane Orchard
  • Kendrick Curtis
  • Rachel Hayes
  • Chris Green
  • Simon Handley
  • The Merkin
  • Claire Oliver
  • Edd Dawson
  • kevin brooks
  • Caleb Matthews
  • Chris Cole
  • Jacob Kennedy
  • Tim
  • Jon Grant
  • Richie Hindle
  • Ed Kiernan
  • Jay
  • Malcolm Wotton
  • Lyndsey McGovern
  • Johnny Doyle
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