Rotary Carbon Balancing Scheme

We must significantly reduce our carbon emissions but where we can’t stop them we must mitigate their impact by using techniques to absorb carbon, such as large scale afforestation.


Our aim is to plant 25,000 trees in Nidderdale in North Yorkshire. It only has 8% tree coverage compared with 13% nationally and therefore needs more!

Since 2008 we have planted over 20,000 trees around the Harrogate District (Bewerly, Dacre, Farnley, Kettlesing, Lofthouse, Masham, Middlesmoor, Ramsgill, Thornthwaite, Wath), including 2,425 planted in 2018 as a result of a campaign run by Rotary, with links to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, where every Rotarian was asked to plant a tree.


Will you help us to achieve our target whilst reducing the impact of your own carbon emissions?


Why not donate trees as a present for a birthday or special occasion? Trees make the perfect gift and you can come along and plant them with family and friends or as a school and make it a great day out!

£3.00 will buy one tree.

A £12 donation will buy five trees, when gift aid added.



Volunteers planting at Folly Hall, Thornthwaite, March 2019

That means we have less than 5,000 trees to go!


Each person normally emits about 12 to 14 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year as a result of the way we live. Most people should be able to reduce their carbon emissions by at least one third, leaving about eight tonnes to be offset each year.

It requires between five to twelve trees to offset one tonne of CO2 . In this scheme we plant native British hardwoods making that figure closer to ten trees per tonne.

That means the average person needs to plant 80 trees to balance their carbon.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.

Why this scheme?

  • Money donated is spent locally and overseen by Rotary.

  • Planting sites are approved by Nidderdale AONB.

  • Annual Gift Aid statements are provided, showing donations in the previous financial year and the amount of Gift Aid claimed.

  • An annual report is sent to all donors showing where the trees have been planted.


We have links with the Friends of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and anyone who donates £20 or more per year on a regular basis (e.g. standing order) will become a Friend of the Nidderdale AONB. They will receive regular newsletters and can attend their meetings and events.

Our supporters


This scheme is organised by the Rotary Club of Harrogate in co-operation with the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is supported by the Sustainability Trust and Zero Carbon Harrogate.

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