Compliance with legislation
We will meet or exceed the requirements of any legislation and adhere to the appropriate codes of practice.
By using local Scottish suppliers for much of our restaurant food and produce in the Food Hall, we are not only reducing our carbon footprint but also delivering the highest quality fresh food available. We even grow our own herbs for use in the restaurant and being nature lovers, have planted a bee-friendly garden.
- We reduce our carbon footprint whenever and wherever possible:
- We source as many of our products as possible from local suppliers thus reducing our “product miles” and supporting Scottish jobs.
- We organise and operate car pools for our staff.
- We group our customer deliveries to save on trips and thus petrol use.
Wastage and recycling
We strive to minimize our waste and recycle where possible:
- In the first instance we reduce the amount of packaging/wastage, we then re-use materials wherever possible be it cardboard boxes, plant pots or bubble wrap. If we cannot re-use it, we recycle it; we currently recycle paper, card, glass, printer cartridges and food waste from the restaurant. All our used vegetable oil is recycled into biodiesel and industrial hand soap. Only as a last resort does it go in the bin.
- Our carrier bags are biodegradable and our paper bags are made of recycled material.
- Water wise and energy efficient:
- Our enormous, underground 80,000 L water tank collects rain and run-off water which we then filter and re-use to irrigate our plants as well as flush the toilets.
- We use low-energy light bulbs and have movement-sensitive lighting in the staff areas and customer toilets.
- We provide our customers with information about environmentally friendly products and good horticultural practices so that they can make informed choices:
- While we do sell garden chemicals, we also always suggest the environmentally friendly alternatives.
- We actively promote cultural or organic means (such as mulching, proper pruning or companion planting) to resolve pest/disease/nutrient deficiency/water problems and advocate chemicals only as a last result and only when used responsibly.
- Our restaurant uses the highest quality ingredients most of which are sourced locally. All our chicken and eggs are free range. We use only Fair-trade and Rainforest Alliance certified coffee and tea. Many of the herbs we use are grown right here in the garden centre. We are aware of the issues surrounding peat use and no longer stock peat bales. Neither do we recommend peat for any garden purpose. We stock a range of peat-free composts.
- Most of our garden furniture, bird tables and timber products come from legal, sustainable sources and carry the FSC certificates.
Since we opened in 2009, we have planted hundreds of trees as well as shrubs and herbaceous plants beneficial to wildlife. Our newly planted herbaceous border features bee/butterfly favourites.
- We provide our customers with information on how they too can improve conditions for wildlife in their own gardens.
- We label plants which are bee favourites.
- We are in consultation with the RSPB and Scottish Nature to determine what wildlife we have on our site, what we can do to enhance its environment, and how we can encourage biodiversity.
- Training: all of our staff receives in-house training to raise their awareness of the environmental issues and to enlist their support in improving our performance and encouraging our customers to improve theirs.
- Goals: We still have a long way to go, and have set various goals for the coming year.