Planting trees – Horizon joins Woodland Carbon programme
Category: Blogging, PrintFriday June 17th, 2016
The Forestry Commission says woodland planting in the UK is at an all-time low. Horizon – which has in-house digital print facilities – is doing its bit to counter this trend by joining the Woodland Carbon programme. This scheme, set up by the Woodland Trust, encourages print businesses to invest in the planting of trees on a local level.
“It’s fairly well known just how important trees are to our country and the world as a whole,” comments Horizon managing director Kevin Ogden. “They trap carbon, they manufacture oxygen, they stabilise land and help control flood waters. That’s why we’ve joined the Woodland Carbon programme – to ensure trees are getting planted to everyone’s benefit.”
As a ‘local’ carbon mitigation solution, Woodland Carbon aims to:
- create new woodlands
- plant native tree species to support natural ecosystems, biodiversity and wildlife
- establish new woodlands for generations of people to enjoy now and in the future
- connect with partners’ staff and customers through special planting days
- raise partners’ environmental and corporate responsibility credentials
Horizon has long been an advocate of sustainably-sourced paper products, and in the UK the print industry is recognised as a net contributor to tree populations; planting more than it uses. The company will be contributing to the scheme while ensuring no additional costs are passed on to its customers.
According to the BBC, the government has committed to planting 11 million trees between 2015 and 2020.