Recycling and minimising waste:
- In our plant production nursery at our Tiptree site, we are replacing black plastic (which is not recyclable) with other colours, which can be put into kerbside recycling. This is a phased approach as we run out of black plastic pots and trays. Our suppliers are also doing the same.
- All plastic plant pots and trays used in our nursery are now made from recycled polypropylene and designed to be kerbside recyclable where possible. These replace the black plastic pots that are not recyclable.
- Our customer carrier bags are biodegradable and cost 5p. We have a bag for life.
- Our plastic packaging and general waste is collected by a local waste management company who sort and recycle as much as possible
- Plastic plant pots are sent away to be recycled, when they reach the end of their life.
- We use paper straws in our coffee shop and restaurant.
- Many greetings cards are now plastic free, with no unnecessary sleeve.
- We have extended our range of eco propagation products.
- We are no longer selling outdoor ready to use feeds, as the concentrates are easy to use and use less plastic.
- Cardboard boxes from packaging is recycled by offering it to customers at the tills, to package their plants and products in.
- All additional cardboard is sent for recycling.
- Pallets, which many of our goods arrive on, go back to be reused where possible·
- We buy in many plants which come on metal trolleys which are reused by our suppliers·
- Plant waste is made into compost, and used on site in flower beds·
- We are using signs to actively encourage customers to make more sustainable purchases in-store which includes cutting down on plastic.
Saving electricity, water and fuel
- We put our store and car park lighting on timers or motion sensors, so that they only come on when needed (and when it is dark)·
- We have converted the majority of our light fittings to LED to reduce our energy usage·
- We replace leaky hoses and equipment to reduce loss of water from leaks, and use irrigation systems for our trees and hanging baskets, which are extremely efficient
- We have installed cycle racks for customers and staff
Product and food sourcing
- We grow all our own bedding and basket plants, and some pot plants and perennials, accounting for around one third of the plants we sell. These are grown on site so there is no fuel needed to transport them, and we only grow what we need so we minimise waste
- We source as many plants and products as we can from British nurseries and suppliers – look out for the ‘British Grown’ signs.
- We avoid products which are low quality, and which will end up in landfill
- All the food in our coffee shop is home cooked on site every day. We use regional ingredients as much as we can, including meat, fish, vegetables and bread
- Many of our garden furniture suppliers are part of the Made Aware scheme, which enables members of the LOFA (Leisure & Outdoor Furniture Association) to progressively improve the environmental and social impacts of the products they sell. Look out for the made aware symbol on several of the garden furniture items we sell.
- We buy products in bulk, to reduce the number of deliveries
- We will introduce new ranges of organic plants and products into our product ranges as they become available to us
- We are actively looking for new products to help our customers recycle and garden organically
Perrywood FSC Policy
- We only sell wooden goods from reputable companies that source sustainable wood
- Many of our products contain the FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) logo which guarantees the wood used has come from forests managed with consideration for people, wildlife and the environment, and that the trees harvested are replaced or allowed to regenerate naturally
- At Perrywood we are striving towards all wooden products carrying the FSC logo
Perrywood Peat & Sustainable Growing Media policy
- We offer our customers a wide range of growing media (or as you may call it – compost!), and are committed to using and selling the best quality products. Sustainability is also important to us. Peatlands are precious habitats which safely store carbon underground, so we are actively working to reduce the amount of peat we sell and use. Alongside this we want to ensure that any peat replacements are sourced sustainably.
- We have increased our range of peat-free composts for our customers, and will be encouraging them on why and how to make the switch.
- We have reduced the peat content in the mix we use for our Perrywood Grown plants to a 30% non-peat mix. We are committed to further working with suppliers to increase the % of non-peat materials, where sustainably sourced alternatives are available. Sowing seeds or growing cuttings in a peat-free growing media on a commercial nursery is still problematic.
- We only work with reputable suppliers from across the UK and Europe. All take risks to plant health very seriously and comply with legislation around Xylella and other live issues. We take the lead from our trade organisation The Horticultural Trades Association.
- We are working towards complying with the new Plant Passporting legislation.
- We have highly skilled Plant Area and Nursery teams, who work hard to monitor for pests and diseases, and to ensure that the right steps are taken should anything be identified as a risk.
- We help customers to attract wildlife to their gardens; through a range of ‘how to’ guides, in-store hints and tips and extending product ranges. There are plants and products to help birds, insects and mammals to thrive. Read our latest ‘How to’ guides.
- We have commissioned ecology reports for the whole site, and use these to work closely with ecologists when making any changes.
- A maternity bat roost was found in an asbestos building. In order to demolish the building we have built a new bat roost in another building, so they have somewhere to come back to.
- We have recently built a hibernaculum for reptiles
- We have planted hundreds of native trees and hedging plants
- Our longer term plans include numerous initiatives to maintain and improve biodiversity.
Supporting the community
- We employ around 30 people from our local area
- We have three charities we are actively supporting
- We can be booked for talks on the ‘History of Perrywood’
- We love working with schools, to encourage young people to get into gardening
- We attend local careers events, to support job seekers
Reducing use of pesticides and weed killers
At Perrywood we pay considerable attention to pest control to ensure our methods minimise any risk to human health and the environment. We adopt an integrated pest management program which combines biological, cultural and chemical pest control methods. This approach aims to keep the need for chemical controls to a minimum. Any chemicals we use have been fully tested and approved under EU and UK law and are only applied by highly trained staff.
We are fully supportive of any research that provides scientific evidence relating to the use of pesticides, including the use of neonicotinoids. We continue to be guided by the HTA on all matters associated with pesticide use.
To combat weeds we use a range of options, from hand weeding, mulching and weed mats through to using targeted weed killers for larger problem areas. It’s something we are continually reviewing.
We welcome your ideas!
If you have an idea of how we can further reduce the impact our business has on the environment please let us know by emailing email@example.com