Hello and welcome to our April blog showing the latest news from the Carbon Capture programme we are so proud to be part of.
As we head into Spring, we wanted to talk more about the impact that our dedication to the Carbon Capture(R) scheme has on the environment and the legacy that we will leave behind.
Each month we calculate the CO2 emissions from the production and distribution of our paper purchases with the Premier Paper Group. We then make a donation based on this figure which goes straight to the Woodland Trust, the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity, who invest that money into planting new native woodland and maintaining existing woodland right here in the UK.
Our efforts in the Carbon Capture scheme have seen species of tree such as Oak, Dog Wood, Hazel and many more planted around the UK at the Woodland Trust’s various sites in a controlled and sustainable manner.
What this means for the environment, other than cleaner air and soil, is an increase in wildlife. Heartwood Forest in Hertfordshire is one such example, volunteers have seen notable increases in species of butterfly, linnet, skylarks, birds of prey and small mammals.
This month will see a tree planting event with the Premier Paper Group and the Woodland Trust at the North Wood, just north of Livingston in Scotland, hopefully the Woodland Trust will eventually be able to record similar wildlife activity there too. Trees are also beneficial in the fight against flooding and soil contaminants.
The new woodland being created and maintained by the Woodland Trust will also provide places of beauty, tranquil natural landmarks that our future generations will enjoy. What better legacy to leave behind.
Tree of the Month : Spindle
Also as a bit of fun, on each edition of our Carbon Capture Programme we will be naming our tree of the month, this month we have chose the Spindle Tree!
Spindle or Euonymus europaea is a deciduous tree native to the UK and across Europe.
Mature trees grow to 9m and can live for more than 100 years. The bark and twigs are deep green, becoming darker with age, and have light brown, corky markings. Twigs are thin and straight. The leaves are shiny and slightly waxy, and have tiny sharp teeth along the edges. They turn a rich orange-red before falling in autumn.
It is native to much of Europe and can be found most commonly on the edges of forests and in hedges, scrub and hedgerows. It thrives best in chalky soils and is less common in Scotland.
The leaves are eaten by caterpillars of a number of moths, including the magpie, spindle ermine, scorched carpet and a variety of micro moths, as well as the holly blue butterfly. The leaves also attract aphids and therefore their predators, including hoverflies, ladybirds and lacewings, as well as the house sparrow and other species of bird. The flowers are a rich source of nectar and pollen for insects, particularly the St Mark’s fly.
At Datum, we are proud of our ongoing commitment to respecting the environment and conducting our business in a way that is at once ethical, sustainable and responsible, an ongoing commitment to our ISO14001 accreditation.