Environmental and Sustainability at Garsons
Garsons is committed to using sustainable and green practices and materials wherever possible – as a family of growers, we know exactly how important it is to respect and protect our environment. So when we designed our new buildings at Garsons Esher, we incorporated lots of energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly features to ensure we continue to take care of the planet for years to come.
- Low-energy underfloor heating. With our large spaces, we needed a low-maintenance, cost-effective way to heat them. Our underfloor heating system heats the whole space evenly from the ground up
- Thermal mass. Concrete used in the new buildings helps store heat, so that there is minimal temperature variation from day to night
- Ground source heat pump. We've laid coils of water-filled plastic pipe under the ground in our farm fields, which provide a year-round source of heat and energy for our new buildings
- Gas-fired condensing boiler. Our new highly efficient boilers top up the underfloor heating system and hot water in our restrooms as needed
- Building envelope. We've used energy-efficient glass and an insulated construction in the new buildings to minimise heat loss and gain, including solar-control glazing in the restaurant
- Automated natural ventilation. Automated opening roof vents and windows along with large folding doors are linked to a weather station to manage natural ventilation intuitively
- Natural and low-energy lighting. We've designed the buildings to make the most of natural daylight and added energy-efficient sensor-controlled lighting to light the space as necessary
At Garsons we recognise our responsibility to minimise the company's impact on the environment. From our earliest days of farming in Esher, we have practised environmentally-friendly policies. Garsons will continue to have a responsible and sustainable approach to our environmental commitment.
- Garsons Esher Farming Policy describes the company mission of safe, high quality production combined with sustainable methods and long term commitment to environmentally and socially responsible farming
- Water usage has halved in the past 15 years. Irrigation for the farm and garden centre plants is provided from the River Mole and methods are used to retain moisture and reduce evaporation
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Here are some of the initiatives Garsons are committed to on an ongoing basis:
- Plant pot take-back scheme: Garsons are pleased to offer this service, where we welcome customers to bring back any plastic plant pots or trays to our Garden Centre, where we will re-use, crush and send for recycling
- We continue to put pressure on our plant suppliers to reduce the use of plastics and provide stock in taupe light-coloured pots which can be recycled at specific recycling centres. Please visit https://www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with/plastic-plant-pots for more information on recycling plant pots
- Where possible, we use materials that are renewable, recycled or recyclable
- To reduce waste and environmental impact charges for carrier bags apply at Garsons Garden Centre and Farm Shop. All proceeds are donated to Marine Conservation Society
- All waste is kept to a minimum, cardboard is collected for recycling, other materials will be targeted for recycling as services become available
- ‘Low food miles’ and ‘low plant miles’ schemes are in operation, in which products are sourced from local suppliers
- All plastic straws have been removed from our restaurants to paper straws should they be required
- Our till roll receipts are free of BPA and BPS (Bisphenol) in accordance with EU Regulations 2020
- Wherever possible, we purchase FSC certified wood furniture
- We aim to promote plants and other items which have environmental benefits
- There is a programme in place of reducing electricity usage by replacing older style lighting on our sites
- The Garden Centre heating system is computer controlled to give optimum efficiency and minimise fuel use
- Environmental aspects are taken into account in the design and management of our premises
- Jobs are advertised in local papers to encourage employees from the local area, who do not have to travel long distances
- All our staff are encouraged to share responsibility for good environmental practices
- Statutory requirements are exceeded where possible
Peat: Garsons is committed to the phasing-out of peat used as a growing media and will follow and support industry and Government guidelines to achieve this. We fully back the reduction and eventual total ban of using peat in our industry and are working with our suppliers to help achieve this and to further promote organic and peat-free composts.
Much of our existing range of growing media products are enriched with recycled materials and more peat-free alternatives are being introduced each year.
Key organisations from the horticultural sector and the Garden Centre Association, which includes independent garden centres such as Garsons, have committed to end the sector’s use of peat, pledging to remove it from the retail market as early as 2025.
0.04% of the UK’s peatlands are extracted for horticulture, as a ‘green’ industry we recognise the value of peat as a store of carbon and are firmly committed to removing its use from horticulture. Extraction from England’s peatlands has already been halved since 2011.
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