UK biochar supplier, Carbon Gold, is the first B-Corp to partner with the Woodland Trust to support the charity’s tree planting and preservation activities across the UK.
The announcement, which will see 10p from the sale of each of Carbon Gold’s biochar planting aids and soil improvers donated to the Trust, marks the first time the charity has partnered with a B Corp.
B Corp is a global standard used to measure a for-profit company’s social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency, and is described as being to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee.
Philippa Borrill, Head of Partnerships at the Woodland Trust, says, “Carbon Gold is a natural fit for us as a partner. Their biochar products are proven to boost the health and vitality of newly planted and established trees and plants. We’re very excited to be partnering with a B Corp, which means they have surpassed the rigorous standards set by B Lab to become certified as a conscientious business that operates sustainably in its markets, cares for its employees, and has a positive impact on the world.
“We’re looking forward to seeing what this collaboration brings in terms of supporting our estate and in raising awareness of biochar and its benefit in boosting tree health.”
Biochar is a high-carbon, purified form of charcoal that improves the structure, aeration, water-holding capacity and nutrient retention of all types of soil. Importantly it provides a permanent refuge for beneficial soil microbiology, supporting tree health.
Carbon Gold’s biochar products are enriched with fungi, nutrients and trace minerals. Trees treated with it in trials have been shown to have increased tolerance to pests and diseases including honey fungus and ash dieback, and environmental pressures such as drought and transplant shock.
Craig Sams, Executive Chairman and founder of Carbon Gold, says, “Expanding the UK’s woodland is one of our primary goals as a business, which makes the Woodland Trust the perfect organisation to partner with to raise awareness of biochar and its impact on tree health among the general public.”