Wyevale Garden Centres has backed up its recent appointment of a sustainability adviser by revealing plans to become carbon neutral by 2010. The company is the second garden centre business to unveil plans for carbon neutrality, following Somerset-based Sanders GardenWorld’s announcement last month (HW, 8 March).
Wyevale’s move follows the appointment of corporate responsibility and sustainable development expert Dr Alan Knight to its advisory board (HW, 15 March).
The company will phase out sales of gas-powered patio heaters, despite them being a strong seller and contributing about £250,000 in sales annually.
In a statement, the company said it had been convinced there were strong arguments against the use of the “ecologically questionable products” and had decided to stimulate debate over what was a serious issue by ending sales.
Knight said: “If we are to enjoy gardening, we must do so in way that has a zero to very low carbon footprint. There is no excuse for gas-powered outdoor space heaters. Wyevale wants to be the first to market zero carbon outdoor heating.”
The Wyevale board has also decided to:
* Buy only FSC or TFT-certified timber for all wooden products by 2009;
* Accelerate existing plans to phase out at least 90 per cent of peat and peat-based growing media by 2010 at the latest;
* Review the carbon footprint of all Wyevale merchandise to ensure it sells no products that breach the company’s commitment to reduce its climate change impact.
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