Here at Grosvenor, we take our responsibility towards caring for the environment very seriously.
We realise that our activities have an impact on our surroundings and we are working towards reducing that impact and improving our natural environment as much as we possibly can.
This involves a great deal of work to ensure we make a positive contribution to the community – environmentally, socially and economically.
So read on to find out more about our policies and initiatives to Go Green with Grosvenor.
The Growing Media Initiative has been developed by the Horticultural Trades Association together with DIY retailers and garden centres, Defra, the RSPB and the Royal Horticultural Society to help the UK's horticultural industry to meet government targets for the reduction of the use of peat in its products.
Firstly, we use up to 10,000 litres each day of water in the summer here at the garden centre. And we are collecting rainwater and looking at ways to reduce and improve our water consumption.
Cisternmisers and photo-sensors are fitted in the toilets for both public and employee use to minimise water usage.
Have you seen our water butts located around the plant area? A water butt is an easy way to collect water for you to re-use on your plants and gardens at home.
With the amount of packaging we receive with all our deliveries, we have already managed to reduce the amount of waste we produce and increased the percentage of the amount we can recycle. We will continue to work towards increasing this percentage year on year. From polythene to cardboard, we intend to invest in a larger baler to make this process much more efficient.
Did you know you can also recycle your plastic plant pots, glass bottles and old textiles at our Recycling Point? And bring your used household batteries with you when you need to buy more and we will recycle them for you. Click here for information on WEEE Regulations.
If we can make use of renewable resources, we will do so. For example, we are looking at ways of re-using our waste to make compost which in turn, can be used around the centre to nourish our planted areas.
Lighting an area as large as the garden centre is always going to use up a great deal of energy but there are plenty of things we can do to reduce the amount we use.
For example, we have sensors in public toilets which ensure the lights only come on when someone enters.
We manage to control the lighting in the car park, outdoor plant area and the entrance, partly by using photo-cells. These mean that the light flows more freely and meets less resistance than traditional lighting.
Thermostats and timeclocks are fitted to the oil fired heating throughout the garden centre with thermostats on all radiators in the offices. This is a simple method of controlling heat and one step that you can easily take at home – not only will you be able to manage your heating more effectively, thermostats will also help reduce your bills!
We are also in the process of replacing our lights with fittings which use less electricity and adding new variable controls to again minimise our energy consumption and the amount of light used.
Fresh Produce and Ingredients
By supporting local producers and growers from as near to the garden centre as possible, we provide our visitors with fresh, seasonal fare in both the Café and food department.
The producers that we support so readily share our ethos of creating delicious produce with many of their ingredients sourced locally too. And we are delighted that so many of our visitors are supporting this policy, in turn helping to ensure the market for such artisan produce continues.
Grosvenor is committed to sourcing its furniture and other timber products from suppliers who can prove they use sustainable timber from certified sources.
Where possible, these include timber products sourced from well managed forests bearing the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) accreditation or other independently certified forests recognised by the World Wide Fund for Nature.
You can see which products have been made using responsibly sourced wood by looking for these logos or simply asking a member of staff.
Peat-free composts are beginning to overtake peat-based products in popularity and this is great news for the environment.
Grosvenor is therefore committed to supporting a reduction in the amount of peat used in composts and soil improvers in the UK and the number of peat-based products available here at the garden centre.
In particular, we are supporting the Defra Act on C02 peat campaign and the Horticultural Trades Association’s Growing Media Initiative - both with the aim of achieving a significant reduction in the use of peat in horticultural products.
There are plenty of options available here at Grosvenor that do not harm the environment so please feel free to ask for more information on a peat-free alternative when you are looking for your compost.
With so much interest in growing your own fruit and vegetables and organically grown produce, organic food ranges will always be our preferred choice so that you know you have the best choices here at Grosvenor.
If we can, we will also opt for Fairtrade products. These help towards making sure workers outside the EU benefit from a better deal – which in turn will lessen poverty and create continued development overseas.
By offering a five year guarantee on all our hardy plants, you know that we only offer the highest quality plants, shrubs and trees. By working with reputable plant and bulb suppliers, we also know that no plants and bulbs are taken from the wild. We proactively source plants from UK growers according to our sourcing policy and offer our visitors the best from Britain with more than 85% of our plants British grown.
So, as you can see, we are working hard towards improving our sourcing of products to make sure we offer you only the best – both for you and for the environment.
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