BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE, ENVIRONMENT & PROCESSES
As a family of growers, we know exactly how important it is to respect and protect our environment. So, when planning and designing new site developments, we incorporate many innovative features to maximise efficiency, future-proof, and conserve energy resources.
HARNESSING SOLAR ENERGY
In 2023, Garsons invested heavily in solar energy, with over 700 solar panels being installed at our Titchfield site and 600 at Esher, these panels were fitted across the rooftops of many of our retail buildings. The cutting-edge Solarwatt panels will provide up to 25% of our electricity requirements... READ MORE & WATCH OUR CASE STUDY...
We've used energy-efficient glass and an insulated construction design in our newer buildings at both Esher and Titchfield, helping minimise heat loss and gain.
This has included solar-control glazing in our Esher restaurant, utilising a special coating to maintain temperatures effectively.
Installed at our Esher site in 2015, our ground-sourced heat pump creates year-round green energy, which is used to heat part of the garden centre and water supplies. This geothermal-sourced energy system consists of a network of underground water-filled pipework in a nearby field, harnessing the natural heat stored underground.
Powered by our geothermal energy source, our Esher store heats its large spaces using low-energy underfloor heating. Compared to regular heating methods, underfloor heating requires minimal maintenance, and is extremely cost-effective and energy-efficient. Our underfloor heating system heats the whole space evenly from the ground up.
IRRIGATION AT ESHER
Our garden centre plants at Esher are watered with water sourced directly from the River Mole, which runs directly through our farm fields. Proudly halving our water usage for over 20 years, we also have invested in water retaining plant benches, reducing water run-off and water usage.
IRRIGATION AT TITCHFIELD
Our Titchfield plant area has a bespoke underground drainage system where rainwater and excess irrigation water collects in a 30,000-litre water tank. This tank is our main water source to our hoses for watering plants, meaning water can be repeatedly recycled. As at Esher, Titchfield also has water retaining benches.
NATURAL & LOW ENERGY LIGHTING
We've designed our newer buildings to make the most of natural daylight and added energy-efficient sensor-controlled lighting to light the space as necessary. We have also improved and replaced existing lighting sources with energy-efficient LED's throughout the store and in our offices.
MONITORING THROUGH TECHNOLOGY
Our heating systems are computer-controlled, enabling the utmost efficiency. Our newer buildings utilise automated natural ventilation, with roof vents and windows linked to a weather station, to manage natural ventilation intuitively with temperature and rain sensors.