Creating a Habitat

RBS Edinburgh

Creating a Habitat  <p>RBS Edinburgh</p>

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

Charging Pods at Four Elms Nursery

Reducing our Carbon Footprint <p>Charging Pods at Four Elms Nursery</p>

Bat Boxes

QEOP Canal Park

Bat Boxes <p>QEOP Canal Park</p>

Soil Analysis

NW Cambridge Development

Soil Analysis <p>NW Cambridge Development</p>

Sand Martin House

QEOP South Park

Sand Martin House <p>QEOP South Park</p>

Environment & Sustainability

Our staff are very conscious of the impact on the environment and the ecological implications of our works. We conduct wildlife and habitat surveys prior and during works to evaluate whether there will be any disturbance to enhancement of, or creation of new habitats within the site. To that end, we can introduce bird and bat boxes, hibernation areas and introduce nectar rich plants for invertebrates etc.

Encouragement of wildlife

Due to our emphasis on the use of cultural practices to encourage vigorous healthy plants, pest and diseases are potentially kept to a minimum. The encouragement of wildlife helps in this, but of course at certain times of the season a certain pest or disease may become a problem. Here, rapid identification and control through the use of low Impact chemicals, such as soap sprays, will stop the infestation at source.

Soil management

The soil is routinely assessed for its nutrient, organic matter and drainage levels. The use of mostly organically based fertilisers and natural soil conditioning agents, such as composted manure, mulch and natural aggregates, make sure the soil is in the best possible condition to enable healthy growth without leaching nitrates etc into the water table.

Waste management

All our garden waste is segregated and removed from site for recycling either as compost (green waste and woody material) or substrate (soils and aggregates). We are rigorous in the management of our waste disposal policy and have been of many years.

Reducing our CO2 footprint

We are very conscious that our company car and van fleet has to operate efficiently not only for the business but also for the environment. Having reviewed the mileage required on our hard and soft landscaping contracts, along with our client maintenance programmes, we made a business decision, where appropriate, to move to either fully electric or hybrid vehicles when renewing our fleet.

The challenges this presents to a business and in a market that is still slow to embrace electric and hybrid vehicles required careful consideration, especially regarding the company infrastructure to support this move to electric vehicles.

This lead to allocating space and the installation of charging pods within our nursery which also required an upgrade to our electricity supply.  It is early days yet to understand the real impact to the business, but clearly yet again we are seen to be in the vanguard of change and continue to respect the impact our business has to the environment.