Did you know the trees in our forests currently store over 48 million tonnes of carbon? And that there’s another 42 million tonnes in soils and leaf litter?
We’ve been partnered with Forestry England since 2017. It’s not just because forests are so important in fighting the climate crisis - the land they look after is incredibly valuable for nature, with nearly 60% of it officially recognised for its conservation and cultural value.
Creating a greener Britain
We’re united in our vision for a greener future. The world is facing a climate crisis and we simply need more trees. Trees lock up carbon from the atmosphere, provide homes for wildlife to thrive, places for people to enjoy and sustainable timber to support our economy.
Forestry England are England’s largest land manager, looking after over 1,500 forests. Founded in 1919, they grow 18 million new trees every year to replant forests across the country and create new areas of woodland. They’ve also built over 1,800 miles of walking, running and cycling trails for us to enjoy.
Supporting pine martens
Our Principal Ecologist, Dr Simon Pickering has been involved in early plans to restore keystone species to UK ecosystems from beavers to pine martens. Pine martens are a vital part of a healthy woodland ecosystem, but their numbers declined so dramatically that they were considered functionally extinct in England.
When you switch to Ecotricity through Forestry England, we donate £50 to them on your behalf every year you’re with us. In this way, you’re directly supporting their work against climate change, as well as the reintroduction of pine martens in the Forest of Dean.
In September 2019, the project team released 18 pine martens in the first formal reintroduction of its kind in England. The project reached a major milestone in summer 2020, when several released females gave birth to offspring. So far, so good.
The sustainable choice
Forestry England are as committed to creating a greener Britain as we are. Our part of the partnership is to deliver 100% green electricity and carbon neutralised gas, using the money from our customers’ energy bills to build new sources of green energy in Britain.
If you're not already with us, we’d love you to join us and help create a greener Britain.