Hatch Mansfield is working with the Woodland Trust to mitigate its impact on the environment by locking up carbon emissions in the UK through woodland creation. The Company has so far removed 223 tonnes of carbon under the charity's Woodland Carbon scheme, by planting 1,000 native British trees.
As part of Hatch Mansfield's environmental management system and long-term commitment to ISO 14001 accreditation, they are now working with the Woodland Trust in order to balance the CO2 emissions of all business mileage for company cars, trains and flights via their 'Woodland Carbon' scheme.
Patrick McGrath MW, Hatch Mansfield MD, comments, "We looked at a number of options for balancing our CO2 but the Woodland Trust scheme resonated with us the most. We feel it is important to support a project here in the UK and the list of social and environmental benefits are overwhelmingly positive. The long-term aspect of the Woodland Carbon Code reflects Hatch Mansfield's philosophy of building brands in the UK market in a careful and sustainable manner."
Trees are nature's most powerful tool in helping to combat climate change. They suck in harmful carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere and breathe out fresh, clean oxygen. As they grow, trees absorb the CO2 emissions and store the carbon in their roots, trunks and branches. The carbon dioxide stays there for the lifetime of the tree, and so by planting new ones, we create a cycle whereby CO2 is being permanently removed. This leads to cleaner, fresher air for everyone to breathe and helps cool down the planet.
Creating new woodland and planting trees to capture carbon dioxide provides for a huge range of other social and environmental benefits:
- Native trees such as oaks, willows, birches and yews support the habitats of thousands of species of precious wildlife from birds and mammals to insects;
- Trees release oxygen, improving air quality and helping to fight the effects of pollution;
- Trees provide vital shelter and shade for people and animals;
- Trees help reduce the risk and severity of flooding;
- Trees are good for our health - they reduce stress and improve our mental wellbeing. Spending time in natural environments has also been linked to reductions in heart disease, diabetes, dementia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD);
- Trees improve our quality of life, making our local communities and neighbourhoods greener and more pleasant places to live;
- Trees and woods provide us all with green, open space for rest and recreation: for walking, playing, cycling, having a picnic or even sitting under a canopy of branches with a good book.