The list celebrates companies in Norfolk and Suffolk who lead the way in sustainable and environmental business practice.
Howard Nurseries said: "Sustainability has been the order of the day for us at Howard Nurseries for some time. Compost created from waste plants gets used to propagate the next year’s stock whilst shredded paper and newspaper, collected from local businesses, is used to pack plants for customer orders. And it is not just compost we recycle. By installing two reservoirs we have become 100 per cent self-sufficient for water and created a great habitat for wildlife on the nursery.
"By working with the Suffolk Carbon Leaders programme we have had 40 photovoltaic panels installed on the roof of our potting shed alongside LED lights which are operated by motion sensors. Combined these two projects save 20 tonnes of Co2 and over £2,000 each year. Looking to the future the Nursery is hoping to install a Biomass boiler to replace the current system which runs on gas and energy efficient Far Infrared heaters are planned for the office and production areas.
"We were ecstatic when we found out we were going to be included for a third time," said director Christine Howard. "We have always been trying to reduce the environmental impact of horticulture and this is a great reward for all the work we have been doing".