Tree Planting

Our Partnership with Carbon Footprint Ltd a leading provider of Carbon Management & Sustainability Services. They work with us to help thousands of companies win more business through developing robust carbon solutions. We can make your businesses energy use carbon neutral with high quality carbon offsets.

Planting trees is a great way to offset your carbon footprint and become carbon neutral. Through photosynthesis trees absorb carbon dioxide to produce oxygen and wood.

By helping to plant tree you will be helping to:

  • Offset CO2 emissions
  • Provide wildlife habitats
  • Plant native British trees (UK tree planting)
  • Enhance the natural landscape
  • Reduce poverty
  • Create a brighter future for project team members including orphans and people living with HIV / AIDS


By planting trees you will not only be offsetting carbon emissions, but also helping provide wildlife habitat for many hundreds of years, and passing on to future generations a fascinating and highly valuable ecological heritage.

Trees and plants sequester (i.e. absorb) the atmospheric carbon as part of the process of photosynthesis, which enables them to grow. Through this process, carbon dioxide is converted into stored carbon, and this is why trees are sometimes referred to as 'carbon sinks'.

Each tree planted helps to offset your environmental impact by 'breathing' in CO2 as it grows.

UK Tree Planting

Our partners Carbon Footprint work with tree planters to be able to provide an opportunity to individuals and organisations to plant native British broad-leaved trees in your region of the UK. Most of the planting takes place in school locations where the children learn about climate change.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where are the trees planted?

With the help of our tree planting partners and their local environmental knowledge, these native broad-leaved trees will be found homes where they are most needed; supplementing hedgerows, woodlands and nature reserves; parks and farmland. The majority of the trees are now being planted in school grounds helping to educate and raise awareness among pupils.

You are able to select the UK region where they will be planted.

Would they be planted anyway?

There is a UK quota for tree planting which the government are committed to meet. All trees planted through Carbon Footprint will be in addition to any national quota, so you can be sure that any tree you are funding would not have been planted without your support.

How much carbon dioxide does a tree absorb?

The amount of CO2 a tree will offset depends on many factors, such as the type of tree, where it is planted and the amount of room it has to grow. On average, one broad leaf tree will absorb in the region of 1 tonne of carbon dioxide during its full life-time (approximately 100 years).

What are the advantages of planting trees in the UK?

Only native British broad-leaved trees are planted in the UK, ensuring they are in keeping with the local surroundings. These trees will improve our local environment and provide habitats for our local wildlife.

Following a carbon footprint calculation, this tree planting scheme (which also includes retiring Verified Carbon Standard credits from registered projects) meets the requirements under the Quality Assurance Scheme (QAS) for Carbon Offsetting.

Kenya Reforestation

Carbon Footprint are proud to support local communities in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya, through the new tree planting programme with ESCONET. By planting trees you can help:

What is 'smart' about a Smart Meter?

Our partners Carbon Footprint Ltd have received endorsement from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for their reforestation efforts in The Great Rift Valley. All trees pledged and planted by Carbon Footprint / ESCONET are being included in the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, which aims to plant over 1 billion trees in 2007 across the globe to help avert damaging and economically debilitating climate change.

"We have but a short time to avert damaging and economically debilitating climate change. Forests are natural and economically important 'carbon sinks'. Globally, forest cover is at least one-third less than what it once was. It is time to reverse the trends, it is time to act."

Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme

Kenya Forestation Grows from strength to strength

Impressive Progress continues in the Great Rift Valley programme and Carbon Footprint receives regular updates from project coordinator Mburu Waiganjo who has informed us;

The resilience of this project continues to show impressive growth from the contributions. The programme continues to deliver vital humanitarian benefits as well as reducing carbon emissions, and needs your support now more than ever.

Tree Buddying

Our Tree programmes incorporate "Tree Buddying". This means for each tree you pledge we also offset one tCO2 through a Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) project.

This ensures your carbon offsetting

  • is fully verified
  • meets international standards
  • meets BSI's PAS 2060 specification on carbon neutrality
  • meets the Carbon Footprint Standard and continues to take additional CO2 out of the atmosphere during the life of the tree in addition to delivering all the other great benefits of the UK Tree planting programme.


As the carbon offsetting is guaranteed by retiring high quality VCS credits, this Kenyan tree planting project will also meet BSi's PAS 2060 guidance on carbon neutrality, therefore assuring your carbon neutral claims.