Merryhatton & the environment

We take our responsibility for the natural environment seriously, these are some of the steps we take to reduce our impact as far as we can.

We aim to reduce pollution, emissions & waste

Recycling

We currently recycle all of our

  • glass
  • plastic
  • metal
  • food waste
  • spent cooking oil
  • cardboard & paper

Reduce food waste

To minimise food waste, we:

  • regularly review and update our menu
  • offer customers the option to take home their leftovers
  • monitor food waste levels

Recycling coffee

Did you know that spent coffee grounds are good for the garden?  We

  • explain how (see ideas above ‘Where do you start’)
  • offer the grounds free to customers

Minimise food miles

To minimise our food miles we:

  • Buy locally where possible
  • Focus on seasonal produce where we can

We aim to reduce the use of raw materials & energy

Heating

Our buildings are heated by a ground source heat pump which runs our underfloor heating system. With this, for every unit of energy used to run the heat pump, between 3 and 4 units of heat energy is delivered to the building.
This compares to electric, gas or oil systems where one unit of energy in delivers a maximum of one unit heat energy out.
As far as we’re aware, this is the most efficient means of heating available.

Generating our own electricity

We have been generating electricity for a number of years now through the use of solar panels on the roof.

We installed photo-voltaic panels in 2011, and with this system we are able to continue to generate electricity throughout the year even when light levels are relatively low in our Scottish winters.

We consider the impact of our purchasing decisions

Plant health & biosecurity

We believe that biosecurity is one of the most important responsibilites that a plant retailer has, and as a member of the HTA we follow the agreed protocols designed to protect plant health in the UK.  

Sustainable timber

All our timber furniture has been manufactured with wood from responsible forests, where trees are replanted to replace those that are harvested.

This symbol is your guarantee of responsible forestry.

Working with suppliers

We work closely with our suppliers and contractors to ensure that they comply with required environmental legislation.  We will always give preference to suppliers who take steps to exceed the minimum legal standards.

Peat alternatives

We will always offer a non-peat compost for our customers.
We will only deal with growers who use compost from suppliers complying with government directives to reduce peat content.

In our plant area we also

Our policy

Healthy plants have optimum resistance to attack and competition from weeds, pests and disease.
We always seek to use good husbandry and non-chemical controls to encourage the healthy growth of our plants.

Quality plants

We source quality plants from reputable growers, inspect them on arrival and communicate any issues immediately to the grower.
We follow best practice guidelines as identified by our trade association.

Practice good husbandry

Simple steps such as sweeping benches regularly and ensuring good air flow around the plants reduces the possibility of disease and helps avoid the need for chemical intervention.

Use non-chemical controls

Hand weeding, pruning dead or diseased parts, companion planting and careful and appropriate feeding and watering regimes all optimise plant health and so minimise or avoid the use of chemicals.