We return non-agricultural land to a natural state, by designing restoration schemes that foster biodiversity and manufacturing the ideal soil for replanting.
Natural Capital is a new term in the UK. It highlights nature-based solutions, like rewilding the land, as the most cost-effective means to address climate change. Through our restoration schemes, we aim to create more Natural Capital for everyone.
Across the UK, there are parcels of blighted land that have no environmental, commercial or habitat benefit. A founding point of Allium was to revitalise underperforming land for environmental purposes.
So far, we’ve completed two land restoration projects and have a robust pipeline of new schemes that we’re taking through the planning and permitting process.
Tapping into our collective knowledge, we design restoration schemes that maximise the creation of new wildlife habitats and biodiversity. Many of these schemes include a combination of woodland, grassland and water bodies.
Sowing a more fertile future
Once a restoration scheme has been designed, we manufacture the soils for the site to optimise growing conditions, adding CLO to the mix to cultivate the ideal growing medium.
With the newly implemented Environmental Act 2022, which requires the UK Government to set long-term environmental targets relating to air quality, water, biodiversity, resource efficiency and waste reduction. We have learnt that we now have the in-house skills to measure the positive impact of our land restorations and to generate biodiversity, woodland and soil carbon credits from our efforts.
With every restoration project, we hope to contribute to a world where nature is not only appreciated but recognised as our most valuable resource – in other words, Natural Capital.
Bio-Diversity Net Gain (BNG)
Bio-Diversity net gain is a measurement of Natural Capital. Our restoration projects are ecologically measured and approved by Natural England, for which Habitat Units are generated. In other words, from the bio-diversity that we create, we are able to sell these credits to people that have removed habitats through development.
This ecological benefit extends beyond BNG. In the last few years, we have planted over 25,000 trees and have ambitious plans to increase this year on year. Tree planting is recognized as having a key role in addressing climate change and through this activity, we generate Woodland Carbon Credits (WCU’s) that are available to people to offset their Carbon footprint.
The manufactured soils that we use within our restorations, is made from a CLO compost. Historically the feedstock to this compost, has been buried in landfill. But as we are generating a carbon based soil from a waste, we are sequestering carbon back into the land. Working with Natural England, Soil Carbon Credits we will be generated, which can be used by people as evidence of carbon offsetting.