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Farming Carbon works with businesses and with local farmers to replenish native woodland species in Northern Ireland.
Tree planting projects can vary from 400 – 1000 native trees and will plant specific species variety depending on qualities of the planting site. From a variety of 13 species we planted mixed species woodlands, on arable farm land or in unused, fenced corners. This creates wild spaces on the farm. Many of the sites we use will have a water course nearby, and the tree planting could protect the water from nutritional run off. The woodland species included Oak, Scot’s pine, Birch, Sweet cherry, Rowan, Alder, Hawthorn, Blackthorne, Hazel, Spindle, Crab Apple and Willow. Depending on the proximity of a watercourse, we select trees to plant that will flourish in that location. The alder and willow thrive in damp, wet ground – so they were planted mostly in the lower areas. The other species were planted in a diverse mix.
Each of the tree species has a different life span, and were planted in 2m spacing. The Birch and Alder will live for 60 years, while the Oak and Scot’s Pine should still be standing after 600. This variation of lifespan means that our planting, in March 2023 could provide a habitat and a home to generations of wildlife for the next few centuries, and the woodland will continue to grow and change in that time.