With over 20 years experience in growing we have long been aware of the need to change our practices so that we operate as sustainably as possible.
The principle behind our environmental policy is simple, we want to develop systems and practices that are truly sustainable. Growing is one of the few industries that have the potential to have virtually no net environmental cost. We believe that by growing in an entirely different way we can secure the long term future for our business and provide excellent quality plants at unbeatable prices.
In 2006 we set up a new company called Provenance Plants which was intended to trial alternative methods of growing that were less intensive and not so heavily reliant upon energy and materials. As a result of this initiative, we have made significant improvements in our practices.
|We recycle all of our plastic pots|
|We recycle all of our polystyrene and trays|
- We compost all of our green waste*
- In 2010 we only heated our glasshouses for 10 weeks of the year and even then only to 6°c
* in total we estimate that we have reduced our waste by 75% over the last 2 years
In the pipe line
- We aim to grow our plants completely heat free for 2011
- We aim to extend our plastic and polystyrene recycling scheme to our customers in the second half of 2011.
- We will be expanding our production facilities in the second half of 2011 which will be supplied with our own water supply.
Some things we have done have had unforeseen effects. For example, by not heating our glasshouses, we are not creating the environmental conditions that favour many funguses, mildew/botrytis... So not only are we using less kerosene, but we are using less fungicide.
We have found several examples of this where intensive practices have compound effects and it isn’t until you try something different that you realise what alternatives are viable.