Digital Printers Purely Digital helped to plant more than 1,500 trees at The Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham as part of Premier Paper’s Carbon Capture programme and the Woodland Trust’s Woodland Carbon Scheme.
Premier provides a unique opportunity for Purely Digital to capture the CO2 emissions from the manufacture and distribution of their paper purchases and to invest in UK-based carbon projects.
“For every order placed, we calculate the amount of CO2 generated in the production and delivery of the paper. Purely Digital then capture the associated CO2 by supporting the Woodland Trust through Premier’s Carbon Capture programme,” said Environmental Sales Director Chris Stanyon.
To date, paper purchases have supported the planting of 160 hectares of native trees including Ash, Aspen, Oak, Yew and Rowan, at several of the Woodland Trust's Carbon Removal projects that comply with the Government's Woodland Carbon Code.
Taking this commitment to environmental protection one step further, on 28th November Purely Digital joined more than 65 other people in rolling up their sleeves to plant 1,500 trees at the Lincolnshire barracks.
Although owned by the MOD the land has free access to the general public and is situated on the outskirts of Grantham, a market town in Lincolnshire. The Barracks recognises the potential of tree planting as a way to strengthen relationships between civilian and military communities.
The Woodland Trust is helping them achieve this through a partnership agreement, with the Trust planting trees under license or lease and handing back established woodland to the landowner after 10-15 years. The Trust enhanced the appeal of the planting by making it a part of the Jubilee Woods project, an ambitious initiative to plant six million trees to celebrate the 2012 Royal Diamond Jubilee.
The Woodland Trust looks after over 1,200 woodlands covering in excess of 60,000 acres throughout the UK. Dr Nick Atkinson, a carbon specialist at The Woodland Trust said: “Working in partnership with landowners like the Ministry of Defence and with support from businesses like Purely Digital, is allowing us to create large areas of new native woodland, which over time will remove hundreds of thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and lock it away permanently.” The Trust estimates that each hectare of woodland planted at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks will lock up approximately 400 tonnes of C02.
“Purely Digital is demonstrating its commitment to environmental responsibility and a tree planting event like this allows people to see for themselves and be a part of what they are supporting by participating in Premier Paper’s Carbon Capture programme,” he said.