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We grow futures worth believing in

Everything we do at Future Forest is designed to maximise the amount of carbon dioxide we can take out of the atmosphere, and maximise the benefit to the environment. Any land that we buy we restore using a combination of reforestation, natural regeneration, and regenerative agriculture practices. We then co-deploy reforestation with two further technologies, biochar and enhanced weathering, to increase the amount of carbon we can sequester per hectare of land by up to 10 times.

What is reforestation?

Reforestation is planting trees. More specifically reforestation means planting trees where there were trees before but they have been cut down or the land degraded, and afforestation is planting trees where there were none before. We do a mix of reforestation and afforestation, always following planting plans that ensure we plant the right tree in the right place. We take into account location, elevation, soil type, etc.

 

We are planting native, mixed species forests; never monocultures.

What is Biochar?

We are conducting biochar and enhanced weathering pilot studies at our land on Mull. Biochar is a very carbon rich material (75-90% carbon) that is produced through pyrolysis (heating in the absence of air) of plants and trees. The resulting biochar is very stable and can be used as a soil amendment where is improves both drainage and water retention. The key property of biochar from our perspective is that it is a very stable form of carbon that will persist in soil for many hundreds / thousands years, preventing it from being released into the atmosphere. We will turn forestry waste into biochar.

What is Enhanced Weathering?

Enhanced weathering takes advantage of the natural process of chemical weathering of rocks, and simply speeds it up. When rain falls through the atmosphere it reacts with CO2 and becomes slightly acidic. When it falls onto rocks, the rock then reacts to it and binds some of the CO2 either as stable carbonates which will reach the ocean and stay suspended or as a solid mineral. It stays locked up this way for 100,000+ years. We will crush basalt rocks into dust and spread it over our forests. It is beneficial to the soil, and it also binds CO2 whenever it rains, essentially permanently removing that CO2 from the atmosphere.

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Additional impacts

Our actions have many additional positive effects that benefit both the environment and surrounding communities. Our model proves that it’s possible to balance purpose and profit, accelerating investment and allowing these impacts to grow at scale.

Biodiversity Conservation

By growing new forests we provide a habitat to a diverse range of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, plants, and fungi all of which contribute to the continued good health of the forest. About a quarter of all UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species are associated with trees and different types of woodland.

With many habitats reducing and disappearing around the world this is a small but vital step towards reversing a catastrophic trend.

Supporting Communities

We create opportunities where there were none before and give good quality jobs to people from local rural communities.

The greater the success of our companies means the more forest we can regenerate, which means even more opportunity for local employment helping sustain thriving, rural communities.

In addition to these increased job opportunities our forests are open for all to come and enjoy.

Ecosystem Services

Healthy forest ecosystems produce and conserve soil and stabilise stream flows and water runoff.

This helps prevent land degradation and desertification, reducing the risks of natural disasters like droughts, floods, and landslides.