Carbon Offset Woodland
Medical expeditions and indeed all expeditions pollute the environment: carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, plastic waste, bodily excretions, etc. Of course, there are also benefits such as local employment, increased economic activity, medical progress and better health and wellbeing of the members but these need to be balanced against any local harm. The BMRES has always strived to minimise its impact in the remote and fragile environments that it visits but it is now doing more. It is fully offsetting its CO2 emissions from past and future expeditions in a new UK woodland which will absorb 15-20 tonnes per year for the next 50 years. Furthermore, by planting the trees in the UK with a 50-yr guarantee, the offset is not subject to the doubts and vagaries of many existing foreign schemes. The woodland is on a one-hectare arable site in Staffordshire and contains 2,600 trees of 28 different species, mostly native broadleaves but includes fast growing conifers and nitrogen fixing varieties (see photo). The total cost is £12,500 as a one-off payment by Society members for the 50-year period. Active silviculture and control of pests such as grey squirrels will soon produce a beautiful new woodland in the West Midlands.
Update from September 2022...
Pictured below is the BMRES Woodland in September of 2022. The exceptional growth since February 2022 is clear. Additionally, an extremely low death rate of only ~3% has been reported for the original 2,600 trees planted.