Howard Nurseries awarded carbon gold standard

Perennial specialist Howard Nurseries has been awarded a Suffolk Carbon Charter, Gold Standard, for its environmental practices.

The Suffolk Carbon Charter scheme recognises carbon reduction measures in the county's small and medium businesses. Howard’s is one of 17 companies who hold the Gold standard and was recently listed as one of Suffolk’s top 100 green businesses.

The nursery installed 40 solar panels in late 2011 that are expected to pay for themselves in eight years.

It also collects two million gallons of water from a 2ha container area and has plans to extend this by a least one million gallons in 2013, making it self-sufficient. The reservoir water is filtered by a reed bed and treated by a chloride dioxide system.

Howard’s introduced bee hives in 2011 and all office paper, cardboard and plant labels are recycled where possible. Also, plug trays and pots are reused and recycled, and 99 per cent of plant waste is composted. The nursery uses biological control Athete to reduce pesticide use and is conducting peat-free trials.

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