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Why choose Make it Wild?

Make it Wild are experienced in successful woodland creation. We have planted 55,000 trees to date, and created many acres of healthy woodland. Our first woodland, planted in 2011, is now Sylvan Nature Reserve, near Kirk Hammerton. For more details, click here. It was the impact of that woodland on the biodiversity of the area that inspired us to set up Make it Wild.

We believe there is no better way to address climate change, than through tree planting. It is important for everyone to try to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible, but in modern society it is difficult to reduce it to zero. To compensate for the carbon footprint that remains, Make it Wild can plant trees for you.

What’s the problem with carbon?

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major contributor to climate change. When fossil fuels are burned, by manufacturing, heating, and transport etc, carbon that has been locked away for millions of years is released back into the atmosphere. There, it traps the heat of the sun, causing Earth’s temperature to rise. Since the Industrial Revolution, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has risen by 40%.

What can we do about it?

Carbon offsetting is a method used to compensate for carbon emissions that an individual or business makes, by investing in projects that sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Trees play a crucial role, as they absorb atmospheric CO2 through the process of photosynthesis, and then lock the carbon into their timber. This means planting trees is the perfect way to offset your carbon footprint.

It is generally accepted that 1 tree will sequester 1 Tonne of carbon in its lifetime of 40 years. This is equivalent to 3.7 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2, usually referred to CO2e). Note that many trees live much longer than 40 years, and we intend our trees to live for many decades beyond this!

What are the benefits for me?

We believe that one of the best possible ways to compensate for your unavoidable carbon footprint, is through planting trees. We are absolutely transparent in the way we designate trees – the trees sequestering your carbon will be in Summerbridge, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire. From the aerial photograph we will send you, you will know exactly where your trees are. You can be sure that your trees will be well looked after, in Bank Woods, or Dowgill Grange, our protected nature reserves.

What are the benefits for my business?

Carbon offsetting through tree planting can help your business in a number of ways:

  • it is a fantastic way to fulfil your environmental policy and corporate social responsibilities
  • it will make your business attractive to the growing number of consumers who actively seek out businesses with “green” credentials
  • you can display your certificate, which includes an aerial photograph of your trees
  • you can use your digital ‘badge’ anywhere you wish, to show everyone what you’re doing to help the planet
  • your customers, employees and business partners will be pleased to know that you are taking responsibility for your environmental impact
  • through calculating your carbon footprint, you may identify areas where you could use less energy, and thus save money
  • you can be proud that your business is helping nature – not only now but for decades to come

What are the Benefits for Nature?

Our number one aim is to create a space for wildlife, and to support biodiversity. Planting trees is an essential part of this, and it also helps to address the climate crisis. Planting trees has endless benefits:

  • trees sequester CO2, removing it from the atmosphere which helps to address climate change
  • they clean the air of pollutants
  • trees attract insects, birds and small mammals, thus increasing biodiversity
  • they reduce flooding by absorbing water
  • trees stabilise soils and prevent soil erosion
  • they provide shade and shelter
  • trees are beautiful!
  • Woodlands are wonderful places that are important for our well-being

How we can Help

We would like to help you, or your business to help the planet, by planting trees on your behalf.

To buy carbon offsetting:

for yourself or as a gift, click here

for your business, click here

on a subscription basis, click here

How can I find out more?

If you have any further questions, please

  • email us on info@makeitwild.co.uk
  • call us on 07795605406
  • attend one of our free Carbon Offsetting Information Events – keep an eye on our social media for forthcoming dates
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Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people

Franklin D. Roosevelt