Native Woodland Scheme Indicative Carbon Sequestration Curves

FERS provides reports to business on potential Ecosystem Services of native woodlands established under the DAFM Woodland investment fund scheme.
The report may be required by a business covering any or all of the following areas for a particular woodland creation project.

Areas covered:

  • Carbon sequestration
  • Improving water quality in the local area
  • Regulation of flood water
  • Bank stabilisation
  • Riparian restoration
  • Enhance aquatic ecosystems
  • Biodiversity
  • Protection of soil
  • Landscape enhancement
  • Renewable energy production

Example – Carbon

Cumulative CO2 sequestration trends for the different Native woodland scenarios are shown in Figure 1 below.

The simulations suggest that woodland managed for biodiversity value may have a higher sequestration potential, when compared to convention oak stands under conventional thinning at a marginal thinning intensity of 70% of MAI.

Left: A comparison of simulated cumulative CO2 removal by different woodland types over a 100 year period. The UK woodland carbon code (WCC) expected sequestration rate of a native woodland every 5 years is shown for comparison of different model frameworks. Note that all value is adjusted for a productive area of 80%.