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3. Design your project(s)

Creating your project design document

Your project design should be completed using a template Project Design Document.  You should refer to further guidance on the Woodland Carbon Code when completing your PDD.

There are two template Project Design Documents:

Your Project Design Document will contain:

  • Eligibility Details
  • Governance or management (including management plan, managing risks, monitoring, making claims about carbon)
  • Carbon sequestation anticipated (including the baseline, any emissions outside the project as well as the carbon sequestration anticipated by the project) 
  • Environmental Quality (including Environmental Imact Assessment or other evidence of impacts and benefits)
  • Social Responsibility (including stakeholder consultation)

You will also need to submit additional supporting evidence to the certification body.  This is specified in the Code and in the Project Design Document.  If a project is also receiving woodland grants, then existing documentation can be used to support the project design document. 

What next?

Once you've completed your PDD and got the supporting evidence together you're ready to proceed to validation.

1.  Talk to the validation bodies and agree your terms with them.

2.  Upload your draft PDD and map to the UK Woodland Carbon Registry, check the details you entered earlier, and submit your project as 'Under Validation'.  Note that no commercially sensitive information is required within the PDD.  Details of costs and revenues for the project need only be made available to the certification body.

3.  You will get an email from Markit confirming the change in status of your project in the registry.


Other help and advice

There are a number of places that you can get help and advice in the creation of your design plan.  The main ones are listed below.

Woodland Grants

Forestry Commission Grants and Regulations in each country give advice on applying for a woodland grant, creating your managment plan, carrying out consultations with stakeholders and carrying out Environmental Impact Assessments.  In some cases you can claim a grant to pay someone to help you through this process:

Whilst it is fine for projects wishing to be certified to the Code to also have a woodland creation or management grant, certain conditions need to be met.  Guidance on Additionality 

UK Forestry Standard

The UK Forestry Standard sets out the requirements for the sustainable management of all forests and woodlands in the UK.  The standard is supported by a series of Forest Guidelines:

and supporting guidelines on

Further guidance on establishing and managing woodlands

Further guidance on creating and managing woodland is available in Forestry Commission publications such as the UK Forestry Standard and supporting Guidelines, Practice Guides, Technical Guides and Forest Research publications


Last updated: 8th February 2016