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Soil Carbon Baselining (Completed - Dec 2022)

In 2022 we completed our huge soil data collection project with Rothamsted Research involving 39 farms, with 50% of funding by Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL).

Data about soil carbon content helps towards making decisions about farmland and what can be done and where: Where to improve soil structure? What restoration measures may be needed? Ultimately testing soil carbon helps identify opportunities for soil carbon capture and storage.

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This baseline data now enables farms to - develop a regenerative farming plan to optimise productivity and carbon sequestration  - predict soil carbon sequestration rates from regenerative practices - monetise/realise the carbon (and co-benefits to flooding, water quality and biodiversity). Farmers can participate in an ISO accredited Greenhouse Gas emissions scheme to trade or in-set future additional carbon emissions reduction, or capture and storage. Multiple Cotswold businesses are in discussion to purchase (or inset) the carbon from Cluster farms.

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