Garden Retail Awards 2009: Best Environmental Policy

WINNER: Garden & Leisure Group

The Garden & Leisure Group (G&L) volunteered to take part in a pilot scheme for HTA members to develop and test an environmental management support package. The project was funded by Defra using Landfill Tax revenue and managed by environmental consultant White Young Green working in close partnership with the HTA.

G&L reviewed the legal aspects, duty of care, customer expectations, taxes and duties, supply chain, sustainability and NGO pressures and identified four aspects to prioritise: electricity (for lighting and power); heating fuel (electric, gas, LPG and oil); water (mains, extracting and harvesting); and waste (removal and recycling).

G&L has made significant progress in reducing raw materials used, CO2 emissions, mains water and waste sent to landfill. As well as fulfilling its environmental commitment, it has produced increased revenue through reduced costs, reduced heating temperatures and methods of operations offsetting energy price increases.

Better housekeeping has resulted in companies paying G&L for waste, increasing the amount it recycles and a significant reduction in mains water used/wasted. During this period, projects previously proposed received renewed urgency and G&L has removed all heating and fuel oil tanks on all developed sites (removing the risk of environmental pollution), replaced diesel forklifts with LPG (reducing CO2 emissions), converted oil-fired heating boilers to LPG (reducing CO2 emissions and improving efficiency) and installed a foul-water treatment plant (removing the risk of environmental pollution). The treated water from the plant was also used for irrigation, with the overflow discharged to the ground to replenish underground aquifers.

All the projects have improved G&L's environmental credentials and reduced the group's carbon footprint. Apart from the foul-water tank, all achieved a less than 18-month payback and they all attracted 100 per cent enhanced capital allowance.

Garden & Leisure Group has been registered under the IEMA Acorn Scheme as successfully achieving phases 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the British Standard 8555 2003 Environmental Management Systems. This also qualifies Garden & Leisure Group to apply for ISO14001 certification.


Vital Earth - Where nature and technology combine

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Garden centre building: what's going up?

Garden centre building: what's going up?

After a lull in new builds, 2018 could see a slight resurgence in garden centres being erected.

Retail seed: crowded market for 2018

Retail seed: crowded market for 2018

Thompson & Morgan is refocusing on the garden centre seed market, hoping to win back business from Mr Fothergill's, which has expanded during T&M's long sale process.

Climbing roses

Climbing roses

Walls, trellises, pergolas and even trees can all be brightened up by these beautiful blooms, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 100 GARDEN CENTRES

Our exclusive ranking of garden centre performance by annual turnover. 

Garden Centre Prices

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world

Read more Peter Seabrook articles

Neville Stein

Business advice from Neville Stein, MD of business consultancy Ovation

Read latest articles