Agency launched to assist companies with carbon offset via tree planting scheme

A FIRST-of-its-kind enterprise has been launched to information organisations via the carbon-offsetting journey by way of a tree planting scheme.

Akre, the brainchild of Renwick Drysdale, builds on his forestry heritage and is an evolution of the woodland creation consultancy, Kilrie Timber.

Created following a £2m personal funding package deal, Akre encompasses the world’s first verified carbon damaging tree nursery, with a pure capital consultancy and alternate.

Its staff of six workers work alongside skilled horticulture marketing consultant, Rodney Shearer.

It’s searching for to faucet into surging demand for carbon-offsetting and habitat restoration, with Scotland’s huge peatland and tracts of poor high quality agricultural land placing the nation on the epicentre of rewilding and carbon-sequestration. 

Akre – which was created following £2m of personal funding – is the brainchild of Renwick Drysdale.

Renwick, 31, not too long ago helped to advise the high-profile Abrdn acquisition of 1,500 hectares of the Cairngorm Nationwide Park.

A majority of the 1.5m broadleaf bushes shall be grown on the Akre tree nursery positioned close to Kirkcaldy.

The nursery was designed in session with world-leading consultants in horticulture and tree manufacturing.

It’s the world’s first verified carbon-negative tree nursery and makes use of an modern mixture of environmental controls, together with LED lighting, to optimise high quality and enhance the effectivity of manufacturing.

The nursery has been designed with the rules of round economic system at its core. Working on a solar energy and battery system in addition to a rain water assortment system, the nursery is self-sufficient and exports inexperienced power.

Talking on the launch of the enterprise, Renwick stated: “Our mission is to assist companies assist the planet – and to assist remodel our shoppers’ relationship with nature from extractive to restorative.

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“We design bespoke nature-based methods, delivering and managing ecological restoration plans for companies, funds, communities and personal buyers.

“What this implies is that we’re a single contact and resolution for companies trying to offset emissions to have a constructive affect on the surroundings all of us depend on.

“We exist to assist landowners and companies alike, justify and implement restoration work whereas assembly web zero targets.

“We are able to develop and plant the bushes earlier than aiding shoppers with the method of registering carbon credit whereas reporting on the co-benefits of planting to habitat, flood threat mitigation and amenity.”

A photo of the team at Akre alongside Renwick Drysdale.
Renwick Drysdale (centre) is on the forefront of the staff at Akre.

Akre consists of three divisions, Akre Capital, Akre Timber and Akre Alternate, all in a position to work independently or in conjunction, relying on the consumer’s wants:

  1. Akre Capital works as a pure capital consultancy and venture developer, specialising in advising organisations on learn how to higher enhance their carbon footprint via options similar to tree rising and planting in addition to land acquisition and peat restoration.
  2. Akre Timber grows bushes from seed on the Akre tree nursery in Fife earlier than planting them on the land greatest fitted to restoration. Akre additionally gives top quality bushes for sustainable forestry and shoppers trying to purchase bushes for their very own woodland creation initiatives and is now open for enquiries for the 2023-24 planting season. It’s Renwick’s ambition to be rising 10m bushes per 12 months by 2024. Akre Timber develop bushes for one to 2 years on the Akre Tree Nursery. As soon as the bushes are 20-40cm tall, Akre crops the bushes to revive habitats and offset companies’ emissions, decreasing their carbon footprint.
  3. Akre Alternate acts as a market for organisations to purchase and promote pure capital similar to carbon credit and biodiversity models.
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Renwick has planted bushes from the age of seven on the household farm in Fife.

After finishing his undergraduate diploma he launched into a profession managing operations in 10 nations over a seven 12 months interval, earlier than returning to finish a masters in Ecological Economics on the College of Edinburgh.

His staff consists of consultants in forestry, woodland creation and horticulture with a mixed expertise of over 100 years.

He added: “The enterprise has grown out of a sheer demand from individuals who need to benefit from their environmental potential.

“Whether or not or not it’s via forestry, restoration, tree planting or pure capital buying and selling, there’s a host of the way companies small or massive can work in the direction of a greener world – and Akre may be very excited to play an enormous half in that.”