Peatlands, permanent grassland and woodland can all be a major storage of carbon when managed correctly, and agriculture can play an important role in this.

Some of the future ELM scheme payments will be linked to your farm carbon footprint, and there are options for completing a carbon audit including doing it yourself (using a free online calculator – see links below), and through the Future Farming Resilience Fund that can provide funding for carbon audits from local organisations.

Funding from carbon offsetting for businesses could potentially be a revenue for your farm business, but it is still very much in the development stages and not regulated, so advice should be sought from your land agent or local farmer network before agreeing to any proposed schemes.

See also – Woodland grants and Incentives, Environmental Land Management schemes, Farming in Protected Landscapes.