This exciting course for AS or NEA prep allows students to use a variety of fieldwork techniques to quantify the main carbon stores in a woodland, comparing deciduous and coniferous areas in terms of sequestration values. The three main methods will allow students to investigate the following: * Carbon storage and CO2 sequestration in trees * Carbon content of the surface organic matter * Carbon content of soil

We’ve worked closely with the Forestry England team at Willingham Woods to develop a highly relevant and detailed course in a beautiful and varied woodland near Market Rasen. Forestry England have kindly provided a lot of secondary data to support this study, including the planting date of contrasting areas of the woodland. This allows students to investigate which trees are most effective at sequestering carbon and the most sustainable ways of managing our woodlands in the UK. We also have a fantastic venue just 5 minutes drive from the woodland, where we can support students to analyse their data and draw conclusions.

The carbon cycle can also be built into the NEA skills booster!

*This course can be complimented by a talk from one of the Forestry England Team, subject to availability. This also depends on weather events on the day of the course – but where possible, we will do what we can to add this great, unique feature to your course! *

AQA: Human interventions in the carbon cycle designed to influence carbon transfers and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Edexcel: How does the carbon cycle operate to maintain planetary health?

OCR: Land use changes, such as growth in urban areas, farming and forestry, as a catalyst for altering the flows and stores in the carbon cycle

  • Calculating the carbon content of soil
  • Surface organic matter analysis
  • Biomass analysis in coniferous and deciduous woodland
  • Sequestration calculations
  • Field Sketches
  • Interviews with regional Forestry England manager
  • Student log-in to customisable fieldwork booklet
  • Forestry England talk
  • Forestry Management Plan
  • Pre-course teaching resources
  • Secondary data
  • Classroom facilities


Low season 1st November - 31st March


Mid season 1st April - 31st May
1st September - 31st October


High season 1st June - 31st July


GFA Skegness availability

= Available
= Limited spaces


GFA Southwold 07907299910 / 01728860631
GFA Skegness 07398257944 / 01507603980