Our Sustainability Journey
At Greenwood we care about sustainability, and are working to actively reduce our carbon footprint, improve our local communities and environment, and exercise responsible planetary stewardship.
We have developed a new sustainability strategy to shape our future development, and ensure we meet our environmental and sustainability goals. We are a sustainability award-winner and our focus is on pioneering new sustainability practices to use resources efficiently, reduce waste, encourage biodiversity and improve our carbon footprint.
Becoming carbon neutral is an important aim for us, and our sustainable practices will help us to achieve this goal—from the vast number of plants we grow each year, to the electric vehicles across our nurseries.
G Cycle reduces the amount of waste going to landfill and helps to preserve valuable resources, by encouraging our clients to return their crates, pallets and pots, and creating a shared standard of sustainability within the supply chain.
Our community scheme involves donating a number of plants to local charities, schools, village gardens and other community organisations, to create green community spaces with enhanced biodiversity.
Key deliverables from now until the end of 2023
Renewable energy usage
G Cycle rate
Community projects per year
We are aiming to be fully peat-free by the end of 2023, and are currently undertaking extensive trials at our nurseries to find the best possible peat-free growing media. As growers of around six million plants a year, our peat-free goal will be a huge undertaking, but we are fully embracing the challenge.
Our innovative recycling scheme to reuse crates, pallets and pots, was launched last year, in order to maximise recycling. Each crate, pallet or pot may not seem much on its own, but they each contribute towards the bigger picture of recycling and reducing waste.
Greenwood in the Community involves us donating hundreds of plants to various community projects—such as schools, mental health charities and village gardens. Plants provide a whole host of lasting benefits to the environment, such as absorbing carbon dioxide to improve air quality, increasing biodiversity and encouraging wildlife.
When it comes to water, we are taking as many steps as possible to recycle and reduce wastage across all of our nurseries. Recycling water is an excellent way to make a positive impact on our climate, therefore, we tackle any hose leaks as quickly as we can and utilise a combination of methods to reduce the amount of mains water we use, such as collecting water from wells and streams.
Electric vehicles have significant benefits for emissions and greatly reduce air pollution; therefore, we are in the process of switching our diesel forklifts to electric across our nurseries. Our sustainability plans also involve changing our fleet to vehicles with ultra-low emissions, to help reduce our carbon footprint further.
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