“Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate Change. If we don’t take action the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”
David Attenborough, 3 Dec 20181

You can take action and make a difference by helping Let’s Plant create new native forests to fight the effects of climate change.

At Let’s plant we want to change the model for carbon-offsetting by creating new broadleaf forests in the UK and abroad.

Many forestry and carbon-offsetting companies plant trees for just 30 years before chopping them down for profit. Yet a broadleaf tree that lives for 100 years will offset four times the CO2 of a tree chopped down after 30 years.

This is why at Let’s Plant we want trees that are planted to stay planted, because trees that stay planted offset far more CO2.

Therefore, we buy land in the UK and abroad, plant native broadleaf saplings and care for them in their fledgling years to enable them to grow to maturity, creating new native forests.

How can a tree offset carbon?

Trees make the food they need to survive through a remarkable process called photosynthesis. The tree’s leaves take in light energy and CO2, which when mixed with water absorbed through the tree’s roots, are turned into the fats, proteins and starches the tree needs to survive. And wonderfully for the rest of us, the tree emits oxygen as a by-product! A broadleaf tree that lives for 100 years takes in something like two tonnes of CO2 in that time, which is why its tragic that most forestry and carbon offsetting companies cut down their trees for timber after just 25-30 years. That’s why the Let’s Plant vision is create new native forests by planting trees that stay planted.

What can I do to offset my carbon?


On average, each UK resident produces just under 10 tonnes of CO2 per year3.

This can be offset by planting 5 trees that stay planted for 100 years at a cost of £75.


One of the largest areas of carbon production is travel, but this can be easily offset through planning trees.


Here’s the CO2 impact of your next trip4 and how many trees that stay planted are needed to offset the carbon impact.

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According to the US Environmental Protection Agency5 , a typical passenger vehicle emits 4.6 tonnes of CO2 per year (assumes 22 mpg and 11,500 miles per year).

Your use of a vehicle for one year can be offset by planting 3 trees.

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Tonnes of CO2 produced to date Tonnes of CO2 yet to produce Total Lifetime CO2 output
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Select from one of our options below to start offsetting your Carbon. Contact Us for corporate rates.

Plant 1 Tree
£15per year
  • We plant 1 tree for you.
Vehicle offset for the year
£45per year
  • We plant 4 trees for you.
Individual Offset for the Year
£75per year
  • We plant 5 trees for you.
Family offset for the year
£300per year
  • We plant 20 trees for your family.
Plant 1 tree per month
£15per month
  • We plant 1 tree for you per month.


How much CO2 does a tree absorb?

Every tree is unique, so it’s impossible to say exactly how much CO2 it absorbs. However, we use a model based on a well-accepted estimate that suggests a mature tree absorbs 48lbs of CO2 per year. But trees aren’t born mature, so we use a figure of only 13lbs a year for the first ten years of its life, meaning a tree chopped down after 30 years will absorb approximately 0.5 metric tonnes of CO2. At Let’s Plant our trees stay planted – which means that after 100 years each tree will have absorbed roughly 2 tonnes of CO2.

(Sources: McAliney, Mike. “Arguments for Land Conservation: Documentation and Information Sources for Land Resources Protection," Trust for Public Land, Sacramento, CA, December, 1993.), http://urbanforestrynetwork.org/benefits/air%20quality.htm

Which are the best trees to plant to absorb CO2?

A 2002 study identified the horse chestnut and the oak as among the best trees at absorbing CO2, but the scientists also tell us that different trees thrive in different locations. That’s why Let’s Plant makes use of its local knowledge to plant the best native trees for that area.

However we’re not fans of conifers – in part because of something known as the albedo effect. Conifers are darker than broadleaf species and they therefore reflect less of the sun’s heat back into space. One study estimates that the gradual change from broadleaf forests to conifer plantations across Europe in the last 300 years has contributed 0.12c to global warming! (Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35496350)

The other reason we prefer broadleaf trees to conifers is aesthetics. Proper native mixed broadleaf forests look better than the straight-edged dark-squares of commercially farmed conifers that dominate so many of our remote hillsides. They’re also genereally better for wildlife.

1 https://www.thoughtco.com/which-trees-offset-global-warming-1204209

What species of broadleaf tree will you plant?

We’ll plant a mix of broadleaf forest that’s appropriate to the area.

How will my trees be maintained?

We aim to plant low-maintenance trees, not because we’re lazy, but because each round of maintenance increases our carbon footprint.

Which countries does Lets Plant work in?

At present, we work in England, Scotland, and Wales.

We have agreements to plant in Africa (Rwanda) and we are looking at Brazil.

Will I know where my trees are planted?

Our planting is done on a very large scale across large areas, and therefore we can’t provide information as to where specific trees are planted. We will however be introducing videos on our website so you can see the planting.

Can I go and visit my trees in person?

To ensure your trees have the best chance of thriving, we don’t allow visits to individual sites and trees. There are a number of reasons for this.

  1. Although people buy 100-year trees through Lets Plant all through the year, we don’t plant them until the point in the year when our expert-planters know they have the best chance of thriving.
  2. To help with bio-security (we want to minimise the risk of visitors inadvertently carrying parasites or diseases which might damage their trees onto the site).
  3. To reduce risk of fire.
  4. For your own health and safety.

We will however be introducing videos of the planted sites to our website so you can see what’s been planted.

What happens if the trees die or there’s a fire?

If the tree dies within the first 3 years from natural causes, we will replace it free of charge although our ethos is to let nature take its course.

If there is a fire, we will have to start again from the beginning.

How can you guarantee the trees will grow for 100 years?

Every site we have we have bought / has been given with an agreement that the trees will never be chopped down.

We will ensure that in whatever country we are in that this is maintained.