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Somerset Levels – Somerset Wildlife Trust

Honeygar Farm

The acquisition and restoration of 80ha at a former dairy farm in the heart of the Somerset Levels. This project will include the restoration of grazing marsh, wetlands and relic fen and as a demonstration of delivering nature-based solutions. Part of an interlinked network of internationally important wetlands forming the Avalon Marshes area of Somerset’s Levels and Moors.

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Our Wilder Carbon projects achieve a multitude of added benefits alongside carbon sequestration and reduction. We pick three unique features of each project to highlight the co benefits of the projects.

Honeygar will first and foremost provide protection to lowland peat. Through initial intervention, water quality will improve over time and the area will be made into a haven for unique wildlife.

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    Peat Protection

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    Flood Management

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    Water Quality

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    Honeygar Vision
    Avalon Marshes (Somerset Levels and Moors)

    The Avalon Marshes is one of the finest remaining lowland wetlands in Britain and a critical home for vulnerable and rare wetland birds including the elusive bittern. In January 2021 Somerset Wildlife Trust agreed the purchase of Honeygar farm as a site to focus natural habitat restoration of fenland and wetland, increasing carbon sequestration and to be used as a demonstration site to other landowners, managers and communities. 

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    Honeygar Aim
    Re-wild, Re-wet & demonstration

    This supports the Somerset WT vision for the Avalon Marshes, using (re)wilding opportunities, natural regeneration to drive the re-wetting of land. The project will also allow us to record, investigate and understand in detail the relationship between wilding ecosystems and carbon capture for lowland peatland and to forge partnerships to stimulate a new economic model for the Somerset Levels that puts nature-based solutions at its heart.

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Calculating our Estimated Issuance Units

Honeygar is currently an emitter of emissions. Under it's current land use, baseline emissions sit at 1,642 tCO2e per year. By rewetting Honeygar, a large proportion of those emissions will be avoided, leveraging carbon finance for the amount avoided up front through the sale of estimated issuance units (EIUs). We apply a generous buffer and use the best available data, calculating a minimum defensible estimate over the 50 year duration of the project. With matured habitat regeneration over time, we hope to one day see Honeygar begin to sequester carbon.


Somerset Wildlife Trust is really proud to be a trusted deliverer with Wilder Carbon. Being a Trusted Deliverer means that we have the assurance we're working to high standards through the standards board and that our project has been checked and verified independently to make sure that we're going to deliver those carbon benefits and biodiversity gains.
Georgia Stokes

Georgia Stokes CEO, Somerset Wildlife Trust

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Our delivery team consists of in-house experts who can talk to you about your Wilder Carbon investment.

  • Evan Bowen-Jones
    Evan Bowen Jones
    Managing Director
  • Paul Hadaway
    Paul Hadaway
    Head of Implementation
  • Sarah Brownlie
    Program Director
  • Ross Johnson
    Ross Johnson
    NBS Manager
  • Robbie Still
    Robbie Still
    Head of Digital Development
  • Helen Gillespie-Brown
    Business Development Manager

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