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Natural decay

Locking up our Carbon in The National Forest Start How The National Forest helps Reducing Statistics 01 Reducing Statistics 02 Planting Trees and Shrubs Burning Fossil Fuels Replanting The carbon cycle Global Warming Natural Decay Harvesting & Processing Thinning Woodland Management Carbon Sequestration Reducing Statistics 03 Reducing Statistics 04 Delivering forest Targets
Natural decay

Managing the forest

Slowly decaying timber and leaf litter gradually releases its carbon component when it is incorporated either into the soil's organic matter, or into the atmosphere. This forms part of the natural carbon cycle.

The National Forest Biodiversity Action Plan recognises the importance of deadwood in the woodland ecology as a habitat for an array of organisms, including many invertebrates, fungi and bats.

We all have a part to play!

The creation of The National Forest can be sensibly regarded as a move in the right direction. Supporting the Forest, in any way, is a worthwhile step to take towards reducing atmospheric carbon. However, mitigation is only part of the solution. We all need to choose a less energy-consuming lifestyle if the effects of global warming are to be confronted.

The Government has also developed a carbon calculator for individuals and households.


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Mark a special occasion and help create The National Forest.

Involve your business or work colleagues.

Are you a landowner? Find out about grants to create a woodland!

More information

The Carbon Trust has published a ‘Carbon Footpinting’ guide that provides a simple background to how a carbon footprint is calculated and offers advice to businesses and public sector organisations on how to assess their total carbon impact.

  • or there is a free advice line on 020 7170 7000

Download a copy of our 'Locking up Carbon' process in poster form.