At the nursery we are constantly trying to be aware of, and reduce our impact on the environment and have an ongoing schedule of ideas and ways that we can achieve this.
We harvest rainwater from our greenhouses and tunnels to water our plants. This not only saves money and mains water but is also better for the plants as it contains no chemicals.
Our plant production department now uses a compost with 30% less peat, making it more environmentally friendly. Many gardeners simply don’t realise that the extraction of peat damages natural habitats & wildlife and releases CO2 emissions. We, and our compost suppliers are fully committed to delivering a sustainable horticultural peat policy and extensive plant trials are ongoing in an attempt to produce natural products that perform consistently. In the meantime, it is important to use lower peat or peat free compost wherever possible. All the plastic pots and trays used in our production department are recycled by ourselves or returned to our suppliers for recycling.
We have now replaced all the strip lighting in the nursery with low magnesium triphosphor fluorescent tubes, which are cheaper and more efficient. All of our oldest greenhouses have now been replaced with newer, more energy efficient buildings, lowering our heating costs and usage.
All card, glass, paper, wood, toner and printer cartridges and most plastic are recycled, and we offer a battery recycling facility. We encourage our customers to either bring their own bags or use one of our recycled boxes for their purchases, we get a great deal of these from other local businesses who have no use for them!
We have a policy to stock products from local suppliers wherever practicable; this particularly applies to our restaurant and cafe and also the plant area.
The range of environmentally friendly products stocked in our garden chemical section is steadily growing, both in number and demand. This includes organic and natural based bug killers, plant feed, snail & slug control and weed killers, the majority of which are child & pet safe and safe for bees*
*Please read labels carefully and follow instructions