Soil Carbon Baselining (Completed - Dec 2022)
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.
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.