We’re thrilled to announce that we have become Co-foresters! That’s right – we might be in the business of research reagent search and data, but we’re now taking on forestry in our latest step towards zero-carbon. 

Co-forest is a tree planting project local to us here in Bath which aims to bring businesses together to buy land and plant new forests. We’re really excited to be involved from the outset, and the project has just purchased its very first site. 

Over 1.5m hectares of new woodland are needed in Britain.

This means, next winter during the British tree-planting season we’ll be helping Co-forest to put over 10,000 new trees in the ground, and in years from now we will be able to visit a new forest we have had a role in establishing. 

Over 1.5 million hectares of new woodland is needed in Britain to help reach our net-zero carbon target by 2050. That’s around the same size as Yorkshire. A total of 400 all-time high-temperature records were set in the northern hemisphere during the summer of 2019. Trees are nature’s solution to climate change – they cool the planet by absorbing harmful greenhouse gases and releasing clean oxygen back into the atmosphere. It is actually possible for trees to reduce a city’s temperature by up to eight degrees Celsius.

We’ve written regularly here on our blog about our commitments to the environment and our desire to make business decisions that have as much positive impact as possible. We’re always learning, and we continue to assess everything that we do and make changes where we can. Supporting tree planting is a great way to offset some of the carbon we generate, and also to help tackle the biodiversity crisis we’re experiencing here in Britain. 

Co-forest was initiated by our good friends at Storm Consultancy – the digital technology agency that has supported the development of the CiteAb platform. Storm has since partnered with environmental experts including EcoWild, the Woodland Trust and others to assist Co-forest in the creation of its woodlands in an informed and sustainable manner. 

If you would like to join us and become Co-foresters yourself then there are ways for companies and individuals to get involved. We would love to hear from you if you do join the project – wouldn’t it be phenomenal if we could create a brand new life science sector driven forest! 

And we need to think of a name for our plot of the new forest – we’ve had a few suggestions already but would love to hear more so please do tweet us or email us with your ideas!

– Rebecca and the CiteAb team