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Carbon Tax & Trees

We're not big believers in carbon offsetting as a real solution to climate change - it's the core activities of a business that need to become sustainable, and that's what we focus on. Having said that, we do have a carbon footprint, so we self-impose a "carbon tax" on our activities. We pay this to a Scottish charity called Trees for Life, who are working to Trees for Liferestore 600 square miles of the Caledonian Forest.

The great forest of Caledon used to cover much of upland Scotland, as a vast primeval wilderness of Scots pine, birch, rowan, aspen and juniper. Land clearance for timber and the widespread introduction of sheep have seen this forest decline almost to the point of no return. Much of the Highlands of Scotland is a deforested "wet desert", rather than the unspoilt wilderness we imagine.

Trees for Life is working to restore the Caledonian Forest to a large contiguous area in the Highlands, linking up some of the best of the remnants, and aiming eventually to reintroduce the missing species of wildlife when enough habitat has been restored to support them.

Their vision is to restore a wild forest, which is there for its own sake, as a home for wildlife and to fulfill the ecological functions necessary for the wellbeing of the land itself. Trees for Life is unique in being the only organisation working specifically towards this end.

Trees for LifeIn 2012 Trees for Life planted its one millionth tree. That year, our contribution planted 577 trees at Dundreggan, near Loch Ness, mainly Scots pine and birch with a mix of eared willow, alder and rowan. Volunteers from all backgrounds work at Dundreggan to collect seeds from local trees and grow them in Trees for Life’s tree nursery. They then plant these trees in carefully protected sites where they cannot be damaged by deer. Irregular spacing helps to avoid the straight lines of plantations so the trees grow naturally across the landscape. Over the years, these trees will transform open hillsides into forest, rich in wildlife and protected for future generations.

As this land will be forest into perpetuity we see it as a way of soaking up some of the carbon dioxide we generate as a business.

 

More About Our Ethics & Principles

 

Unicorn seeks to operate within a set of ethical and social guidelines which we call our Statement of Purpose. Details on our principles page.

 

As part of our principles we commit to contribute a sum equal to 5% of our wage bill to local and international projects. More information can be found at Project Support.

Trees for Life
Much more info can be found at: www.treesforlife.org.uk

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