Here at the Old Railway Line Garden Centre we are committed to limiting out effect on the environment, recycling and reducing our waste as much as possible. Look at some information below about what we do as part of our environmental policy.
We have 40,000 litres of storage for recycled water! In 2009 we installed a 10,000L rainwater harvesting tank to support our existing 10,000L above ground tank. During our new development in 2011 we installed two additional 10,000L storage tanks. This water will be used to water the plants throughout the year and has reduced our mains water consumption by over 60%.
We have 210 solar panels on the roof our building! In 2011 we had 210 solar panels installed to the roof of the shop. This sustainable source of energy has greatly contributed towards electricity supply for the garden centre and restaurant. Since installation we have generated over 127,813kW of renewable energy lowering our energy bills and reducing our carbon footprint.
We source food from over 60 local and Welsh producers! Our Farm Shop stocks products from producers all over Wales and Herefordshire. We are also very conscious about where our plants are sourced; over 25% of our hardy plants are grown just 25 miles away! And 50% of our bedding plants are grown 40 miles away (close for us rural folk!)
Last year we recycled thousands of glass bottles, pots and printer toner cartridges; 80% of our rubbish is sorted and recycled. We see recycling and waste as one of the most important ways for us to reduce our impact on the environment. It is our responsibility as a business to focus on a sustainable future.