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Suma tree planting weekend

Submitted by on March 18, 2015 – 2:15 pmNo Comment

‘We aim to operate in a way which balances running a successful business with the environmental impact of our actions.’

The above statement is one of the foundations of Suma’s ethical policy. It is no mean feat given that we are a distribution company! Awareness of environmental degradation as a means of limiting unchecked consumption is a cause to which Suma has always subscribed. We strive to minimise our effects on our environment. For some considerable time we have taken steps to limit our energy use through making improvements in efficiency, and we actively offset the impact which we are unable to control at source.

As part of our social and environmental responsibility programmes, we are subscribed to the Treesponsibility CO2mittment scheme, which aims to plant native trees up and down the Calder Valley to replace lost trees and help avoid soil erosion and flooding.


Treesponsibility aims to educate people about the need for action on climate change, to involve local communities in tree planting, and to improve the local environment and biodiversity for the benefit of local people and future generations. In recent years they have been focusing much of their attention on tree planting for flood mitigation, and work in partnership with bodies such as the Environment Agency, Calderdale Council and the National Trust.

5,300 trees!

To offset the carbon produced by our fleet of delivery trucks, we need to plant around 5,300 trees a year.
Every March we join Treesponsibility for a weekend planting trees to help with this huge effort, but sadly we cannot plant that many in one weekend, although I’m sure Paul Owens would love to try given the chance! To make up the numbers Treesponsibility also work with local schools and groups to plant trees.
tree planting

This year we were up at a lovely farm in nearby Blackshaw Head. For those that went on the Saturday they spent a pleasant day working in the sunshine. When I went over on the Sunday however, the Suma crew were treated to blustery sideways wind and rain, but luckily the very nice staff at Treesponsibility provided a yummy lunch to keep us going.
paul planting
Thanks to all the Suma people who took time out of their weekends, and the staff at Treesponsibility for organising the weekend and providing refreshments.

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