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Suma Tree Planting Weekend March 2014 (Updated April ’14)

Submitted by on March 28, 2014 – 2:05 pmOne Comment

Suma truckAt Suma we deliver for our customers and until a viable alternative arrives this means using diesel. Every year we get through roughly 300,000 litres of diesel as our trucks take goods to all corners of the country. We make sure our trucks are regularly serviced and maintained to a very high standard so their emissions are kept as low as possible. We use AdBlue on all our trucks to reduce nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide in the diesel exhaust emissions. Delivery runs are carefully planned to keep miles to a minimum. Whenever possible our drivers make pick ups from suppliers while delivering near by, which reduces the amount of fuel consumed getting products into our warehouse. We deliver to food groups which reduces the number of car journeys made to shops and supermarkets.

tree plantingSuma calculates its carbon emissions based on our fleet of vehicles and site at Elland and plants trees to offset this. Although Suma is a relatively small polluter in the great scheme of things, and we take whatever steps we can to minimise the effect our deliveries have on the environment, we still take this matter very seriously indeed. We have worked out that our fuel use necessitates the planting of about 5,000 saplings a year if we are to stand any chance of equipping our natural environment with the means of dealing with the consequences of the diesel we burn.

tree plantingEvery year, in association with Treesponsibility, we take part in local tree planting exercises. On the weekend of the 8th and 9th March 2014 some intrepid Suma people donned their waterproofs and wellies, and ventured out to a site by Gorpley Reservoir, in the hills above sunny Todmorden, for a couple of days planting trees. After a refresher on the technique needed to get the saplings growing in the ground, the Suma team, together with other volunteers, picked up their tools and set to work. The top layer of moorland grass needed to be scraped away before the holes could be made for the saplings. Posts were inserted by each one to keep the protective tubes in place over the saplings. One by one the saplings were planted, as slowly but surely the site became covered in green tubes, each one marking the spot where a tree would grow.

Suma is part of the Co2mmittment scheme, run by Treesponsibility, a not-for-profit community group combining reforestation and ecological restoration with awareness-raising about climate change in the Calder Valley. Suma gives funding to Treesponsibity to plant trees on our behalf to make sure enough trees are planted to offset our emissions.

Update (8th April 2014)
Many thanks to Robin Gray of the Pennine Prospects for sharing the link to the video, posted on YouTube, of the tree planting weekend. You can view the video by clicking here.

For more about the work of Treesponsibility visit

If you would like more information on Pennine Prospects visit

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