Q: How do I know that my tree(s) haven’t already been planted and assigned to someone else?
A: We pride ourselves on our honesty and transparency, every tree we plant has a unique ID number. The ID number contains the tree number, the site number and year planted. We are audited and verified by an independent third party for additional peace of mind. A secure database is used to record tree ID, assigned customer and site reference. All trees are fully traceable to the original tree delivery and date of planting.
Q: How do I know that trees are native/naturalized and are sourced in Ireland?
A: One major goal of Catch My Carbon is to help reforest Ireland with native and naturalized trees. We only plant the following tree species: Hazel, Holly, Beech, Birch, Oak (sessile and common), Alder, Scots Pine, Mountain Ash (Rowan). We use only Irish tree suppliers and insist on tree passports detailing species and origin. Note: Due to the ash dieback disease we are strictly limiting the planting of Ash. We plant beech for its biodiversity value, its carbon uptake potential and its beauty. We do accept that Beech is not a truly native tree, as it was most likely introduced to Ireland about 400-500 years ago, possibly by the Normans.
Q: How do I know that the trees planted will thrive and will not be disturbed?
A: We only plant trees that are already are of a good age (typically 3-5 years of age), we diligently and carefully plant bare-root trees during the dormant phase (winter) – these have a very low failure rate. All of our landowners are committed to long term sustainable carbon capture through afforestation. They are united in a common goal of improving the long-term value of their land through greater biodiversity and habitat creation within native woodland. All of our landowners are vetted and sign up to the Catch My Carbon Code of ethics, which can be found here.
Q: How do I know that the level of carbon removal quoted will be achieved?
A: To calculate carbon uptake we use our own CO2 sequestration models (unique for each species), based on established methodology. We use conservative safety factors and overplant to compensate for rare, but normal, tree loss. CO2 is taken up within the biomass of the trees through the age-old process of photosynthesis as described in this equation (Sunlight Energy + 6CO2 + 6H2O --> C6H12O6 + 6O2).