Green Credentials

At Hetland I like to think that we’ve being ‘doing our bit’ for the environment ever since we commenced trading in 1995. In fact, we probably belong to one of the original ‘green industries’ – an industry which encourages people to grow, nurture, and enjoy nature and the outdoor world. Plants have a very positive impact upon the environment and we are proud to be part of an industry centred on such a fantastic product! Here are some of the reasons why plants are so good for people, and so good for the environment:

  • Plants take carbon dioxide out of the air and produce oxygen – carbon dioxide is a contributor to global warming, so the more plants we have the better;
  • You can reduce noise pollution with plants – planting a hedge or screen will filter noise;
  • Plants help reduce stress and create a sense of well-being;
  • Plants can prevent soil erosion;
  • Habitats for wildlife are provided by plants;
  • Insects and bees can thrive, pollinate, and maintain a natural order;
  • Plants – particularly trees – planted in a city can cool the streets;
  • Trees can conserve water – plant a tree by a lawn and the shade provided by the tree will reduce the amount of water the lawn needs and
  • Trees absorb odours and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulphur dioxide and ozone) and filter particles out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark. We do also recognise at Hetland that there is always more we can do to reduce our impact upon the environment. We are continually reviewing our business practices and procedures aiming to reduce and minimise our carbon footprint.
  • Wherever possible we are looking to reduce ‘plant miles’ – the number of miles plants travel before they arrive at our garden centre – by buying as much as possible from nurseries within a 100 mile radius of our  garden centre;
  • We utilise energy efficient solutions wherever possible, and have plans to replace our kitchen equipment with more energy efficient models;
  • To reduce our ‘food miles’ 75% of the food we purchase for the tea room is from suppliers within a 40 mile radius;
  • We recycle all our cardboard and packaging material;
  • We ensure that the furniture and timber products we sell all bear the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Chain of Custody Certification. This ensures that the products are ethically sourced;
  • We avoid the use of harmful chemicals in the garden centre;
  • We use the most energy efficient solutions wherever possible and
  • We believe that growing your own fruit and veg is great for the environment, and to help our customers become expert ‘grow your own’ gardeners we regularly provide tips on our Facebook page and web site blog!