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o We recycle our glass, plastic, aluminium, metal, tins, spent cooking oil and paper waste
o We are actively researching green, cost-neutral solutions to cardboard and wooden pallet disposal
o We are purchasing a food composter and potentially also a wormery to process our food waste
o We encourage café customers to take home any leftovers by providing take-home boxes
o We provide free used coffee grounds from the café to customers for use as mulch or pest deterrent
o A significant part of our electricity is derived from our solar panels.
o Our buildings are heated by ground source heat pump
o We continue to search for cost effective methods to reduce energy consumption.
o We recognise the need to be fully aware of the potential risks arising from where we source our plants. We support the HTA statement and adhere to the HTA five point plan on dealing with Xylella fastidiosa.
o All our timber furniture comes from responsibly managed sustainable forests accredited by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) or from recycled materials.
o We expect similar environmental standards from our suppliers and contractors.
o We recognise that peat based products offer a tried and tested growing medium but can be damaging to the environment so we promote the use of peat free alternatives where possible and source only from suppliers who are committed to sustainability.
o We aim to promote plants and products which have environmental benefits
o We provide information on the benefits of houseplants
o Our garden centre staff are able to offer advice on best practice e.g. companion planting to deter pests, health benefits of house plants
o We provide customers with information on how to improve conditions for wildlife in the garden
o We encourage children to become involved in gardening and in caring for wildlife and the environment
o We use locally sourced products where possible and encourage our staff and customers to do the same.
o Adopting careful and appropriate watering and feeding regimes
o Sourcing quality plants from reputable growers
o Undertaking good husbandry – we sweep benches, ensure good airflow, inspect plant deliveries on arrival and communicate any issues to the grower promptly
o Re-using pots and providing a pot exchange area for customer use
o Using polystyrene from plant packs as crock
o Using companion planting to deter pests
o Using non-chemical means of weed control (hand weeding, hoeing) where possible
Where the use of chemicals is unavoidable they are applied in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions