Are you using any new sustainable practices in your work?

HW polled delegates at a BALI and Lantra industry day at Otley College last week.

- "The biggest thing across the company is the growth in biomass and we are looking at that. One of our mills is a combined heat and power boiler, which is fuelled from forests we harvest from.

"I'm sure we will do that at other sites - at the moment it is happening at our site at Shotton in Wales.The key is to ensure we can provide a sustainable amount of fuel.

"There are real opportunities for using the waste wood that is a by-product of timber production."

Geoff Edwards, district manager, UPM Tilhill

- "We are looking to change over to PDAs (for example a Blackberry handheld computer) for our guys going on-site. We have several thousand sheets of paper coming into the office every week logging maintenance visits, and, from an environmental perspective, it will cut down on paper use.

"We can also deal with problems on the road - the PDAs are going to each of our 180 teams and will have GPS. It is expensive to set up but it will save us a lot of money in the long term."

Neil Huck, senior contracts manager, Ground Control

- "We started doing turf around 19 years ago and although it is still very much the core business at our Norfolk farm we have now also moved into green roofs.

"It has taken three years of research and development in the UK to get it ready for this market.

"We are now producing sedum for green roofs and we are getting a lot more enquiries for it. From an environmental point of view, we are getting big successes because people want to get into that side of things."

Chris Carr, sales manager, Q Lawns

- "People have been asking us about rain gardens as a way of dealing with flooding and that is quite simple to do.

"If it is well-draining soil it can just be a depression that is designed to capture water and percolate it into the ground. Plenty has been done on this for the commercial market and it is just a case of scaling it down for the domestic market.

"There is also a lot of demand for more ethical and sustainable products, and people are more savvy on that front, so we have to be aware of that."

Gino Bracco, commercial manager, Natural Paving.

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