Field to Forest came about as a solution to a problem. Cusgarne Organic Farm is a 106 acre farm, set on the south facing side of valley in central Cornwall, UK. It has been farmed organically for over 30 years and has stewardship agreements over a large proportion of the land.
However, we wanted to plant trees, and we had plenty of pockets throughout the farm that were not suitable for cultivation, and also not covered by a pre-existing stewardship agreement.
However all our grant applications for funding to plant trees failed, because we didn't have nice big sections of easily mappable fields. So, rather than let nature take the back seat due to bureaucracy, we decided to start Field to Forest as a crowd funder. In a week we had almost £1000 of donations, and thus the trees got planted, people got a new way to help nature, offset some of their unavoidable carbon emissions and connect with farmers.
We believe in only planting trees that have the best chance of surviving and that contribute to biodiversity, so that means trees that are part of a traditional British woodland mix, some flowering and some nut and fruit bearing to provide food for wildlife. The mix includes Copper Beech, Sweet Buckthorn, Aspen, Field Maple, Hornbeam, Red Oak, Sweet Chestnut, Common Walnut, Juniper, Rowan, Wild Service and Silver Birch, along with oaks foraged from acorns at Cusgarne and saplings from Boconnoc Estate.
Each tree costs £12, to buy, plant and manage in the years to come, it is impossible to say exactly how much carbon this equates to by the time it reaches maturity, however, unlike many other tree planting schemes, the carbon associated with the tree or trees you've paid for is yours, we don't sell the carbon credits separately. To learn more about trees, and their associated environmental heroism, head to the trees page.
Starting at Cusgarne Organic Farm in Cornwall, we have committed to plant 500 trees and then we will then be in a position to roll out the program to other farms.