The Green Insurance Company at Milton of Mathers

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The UK's first ever validation under the Woodland Carbon Code, on 22nd September 2011.

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2012 Winner: New Native woods category

The woodland is situated in two small valleys or dens, which meet on the coast at Milton of Mathers, with the southern den being called the Den of Lauriston and the northern den being called the Denfinella. Part of the scheme is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Scottish Natural Heritage has described the ground flora within this woodland as ‘luxuriant in which ferns and tall herb communities predominate’. The SSSI woodland is found within a steep gorge which is extremely difficult to access. No active management is being undertaken here but the establishment of native trees on the adjacent agricultural land can only benefit the SSSI woodland.

The following environmental benefits will accrue:
•    The trees will create a buffer area and reduce diffuse pollution to the burn;
•    The trees will eventually stabilise the water courses banks and help reduced erosion;
•    The planting of native trees will eventually provide habitats for wildlife.

There are a number of long term objectives for the SSSI, these being:
•    To maintain the integrity and diversity of the woodland ground flora in accordance with ecological factors operating within the site;
•    To maintain plant species that are notable in the regional context;
•    To encourage a transition from a canopy dominated by exotics to that made up of species that are more typical of the ash-rowan-dog’s mercury woodland community in this part of north east Scotland;
•    To improve our current state of knowledge on the biological interest of the site.

Lauriston Den contains the remains of an old mill and lade. This area has been kept free of planting. Denfinella contains a substantial disused railway Viaduct. The planting does not affect this.

Project additional benefits:

  • community
  • wildlife
  • water quality
  • Trees planted:

  • 19,000 over 17.4 hectares
  • When:

  • Spring 2008
  • Predicted CO2 capture:

  • 6,662 tonnes over 70 years
  • Species mix:

  • Oak 40%, Birch 17%, Ash 11%, Aspen 8%, Alder 5%, Elm 3%, woody shrubs 16%