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The Barton Grange Group, a complex comprised of a national award winning garden centre, three large plant nurseries and the newly built Flower Bowl, has achieved Planet Mark Certification.
This is The Barton Grange Group’s first year of business carbon footprint reporting. It first calculated the carbon footprint of its five operational sites for the year ending December 2018 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.
The Barton Grange Group’s total carbon footprint in the year ending January 2020 was 1,450.4 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 4.7 tCO2e per employee.
If The Barton Grange Group is able to hit its carbon emissions reduction target, it will save the same amount of carbon as planting 1200 trees and growing them for ten years.
“I’m delighted that The Barton Grange Group has decided to commit to sustainable action. It is an exciting time for The Group. It has a variety of business ventures in which it can embed sustainable practice, and consumers will be pleased to find out about the commitments to fighting climate change. The Group has a complex path ahead, but one full of opportunity, and I commend the team for taking a responsible and forward-thinking approach to its carbon emissions.”
As well as The Barton Grange Group’s commitment to continuously reduce its carbon footprint, the Group has made a number of other sustainable pledges. The Group has protected an acre of endangered rainforest in Peru through a collaboration with the conservation charity Cool Earth. It has also committed to spreading sustainability awareness throughout its network of stakeholders and employees. Barton Grange’s Flower Bowl has been built with sustainability in mind, including a green roof to help embed nature into the site.
The wide ranging environmental, health and social benefits to flora are well documented. But suppliers and nurseries must remain conscious of their supply chains to make sure they are sustainable and ethically sourced. Garden centres and nurseries have a responsibility to conduct business in a sustainable manner. From using sustainable materials to the safe and ethical disposal of chemicals, modern consumers regularly search for an ethical supply chain from their products. Garden centres should respond to this change in demand with their own rigorous and accountable approach to sustainability.