Carbon Capture Programme – December ’16

Hello and welcome to the final Carbon Capture newsletter of 2016.

2016 – A good year for trees
The temperature has really started to drop now, so keep your fingers crossed for some snow and make sure you take advantage of some of the local woodland walks at one of the most beautiful times of year (more information about winter walks below).

December always seems like a good time to reflect as the year slowly comes to a close.

So how has 2016 fared from a Carbon Capture point of view?

Well, through our commitment to the Carbon Capture scheme we have helped to raise £200,000 this year, supporting the excellent work of the Woodland Trust. At the most recent tree planting event at Heartwood Forest near St Albans, 5,000 trees were planted in one day by volunteers and supporters of the Carbon Capture scheme!

Thank you for all your help and support throughout 2016, here’s to a sustainable 2017.

Merry Christmas!


Tree of the Month : Holly


Also as a bit of fun, on each edition of our Carbon Capture Programme we name our tree of the month, this month we have chosen Holly.


Holly is an evergreen shrub with distinct spiked, glossy leaves.

Mature trees can grow up to 15m and live for 300 years. The bark is smooth and thin with numerous small, brown ‘warts’, and the stems are dark brown.

It is native in the UK and across Europe, north Africa and western Asia. It is commonly found in woodland, scrub and hedgerows, especially in oak and beech woodland. Popular as an ornamental shrub, holly is widely planted in parks and gardens, and there are many cultivated forms featuring alternative foliage and berry colours.

Holly branches have long been used to decorate homes in winter. The tree was seen as a fertility symbol and a charm against witches, goblins and the devil. It was thought to be unlucky to cut down a holly tree.

Did you know that the mistle thrush isknown for vigorously guarding the berries of holly in winter, to prevent other birds from eating them?

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.

Explore a wonderland this winter!
Are you looking for something to do with the kids on a cold winter’s day?
Check out some of the ideas, guides and activity packs over at

Request a Woodland Trust Discovery Pack
The Woodland Trust autumn discovery pack helps to explain the importance of woods and trees, why they face an uncertain future and how you can help, request a pack today from