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Caring for our environment

Take a look at some of the ways in which we are trying to be more environmentally friendly

Here at Bell Plantation we hold a strong belief that gardening brings huge green benefits to the earth. At a basic level, plants clean air and release oxygen whilst absorbing carbon dioxide and other pollutants. They also attract insects, which are a key part of our ecosystem.

But plants are not enough! We also must look at what we, as a company, are doing to improve our green credentials. Here are some of the ways in which we are trying to be more environmentally friendly.

Renewable Energy

Biomass Boiler

In 2014 we installed a biomass boiler which generates heat for the garden centre and café and a number of tenants. The boiler runs on wood pellets and produces a fraction of the emissions of fossil fuels. When biomass fuels are combusted, they release only the same amount of carbon which was consumed by the growing plant. These carbon levels are consistent and sustainable because the fuel source is replanted after it has been harvested.

Solar Panels

Where possible we have installed solar panels to the roofs of our buildings which significantly contribute towards the electricity supply for the garden centre, café and some tenants, again reducing our carbon footprint. Our solar panels output 60kw (60,000w) – to give you an idea of what this really means, it would power an electric dishwasher for approximately 60 loads, a washing machine for 52 loads (warm wash, cold rinse cycle) and fully charge a Nissan Leaf Electric Car 3 times.

Environmentally Friendly Materials

Oxo-biodegradable Tree Netting

In 2019 we committed to using Oxo-biodegradable netting for our fresh Christmas trees. A prodegradant additive has been added during the manufacturing of this netting which means that in the presence of oxygen, and at the end of its useful life, the netting will break degrade and then biodegrade leaving no microplastics behind.

Bags and boot liners

For any customers wanting a bag for their purchased goods, we promote the use of brown paper bags, and the boot liners we provide are also bio-degradable.
In 2019 we introduced our own range of Jute reuseable shopping bags to further encourage more environmentally friendly practises.

Sustainable Wood Products

Where possible, our wood products are from suppliers who use timber from well-managed forests with long-term, responsible management plans.

Recyclable pots

Whilst most plant pots are made from recyclable Polypropolene, many local authorities won’t accept them. Our plant suppliers are increasingly using fully recyclable pots and trays for plants and these are identifiable by their taupe colour.

In our café

We use paper straws and the boxes for our children’s meals are also recyclable.

Environmentally Friendly Products

Peat-free Compost

Peat based composts have been used by gardeners for many years, however, with growing concern over peat extraction and its effect on the environment, many gardeners are now looking for alternatives. We promote the use of peat-free compost by offering these alternatives at prices which are the same or similar to peat-based products.

Chemical Free Gardening

There are times when a chemical treatment is required in the garden, however often there are more natural alternatives to pesticides. For example, we offer a range of animal and insect repellants that are environmentally friendly.

Other Initiatives

Local Suppliers

Within our Food Hall, many of our products are sourced from local suppliers – either within Northamptonshire or neighbouring counties, in an effort to reduce food miles.

In the garden centre, one of our main plant suppliers is based in Leighton Buzzard, just 23 miles away.

Working with our Community

We have a strong desire to introduce children to gardening and its benefits from a very young age and therefore actively support request from local schools for plants, seeds and small tools. We also regularly run events during the school holidays including decorating bird houses, bug observation jars, bulb planting and more.
We are also proud to support community projects which look to create green spaces for local residents.

We are continually striving to improve our business practices to become more environmentally friendly.

Explore Bell Plantation Garden Centre

See the beauty of Bell Plantation from the sky. Check out our cafe, conservatory, plants and everything else available at our garden centre.

Whether you’re visiting us for garden supplies or spending an afternoon mooching around the many stores at Bell Plantation, we are sure to have what you are looking for.

Always good service and friendly knowledgeable staff
Graham Dyson
Graham Dyson
12:08 23 Dec 20
Cafe menu is a bit more limited than usual, but still good food. The best chips I have ever had.Centre has a wide range of Christmas decorations in stock.Nice range of food in centre as well.Great place for a browse
Lynda Hadfield
Lynda Hadfield
20:32 14 Dec 20
Very helpful staff. A pleasant experience all round.
Sue Hartley
Sue Hartley
15:13 03 Dec 20
Popped in to pick up a waterproof jacket for himself. Found the very thing - a wax jacket at a good price. This was similar to my one which we bought from there a couple of months ago.Job done.
Jo Davies
Jo Davies
20:43 20 Nov 20
Nice place.. a little on the high side but cool place
David Young
David Young
15:51 14 Nov 20
Well organised, very safe, huge choice for garden and gifts, and outside plants in excellent condition
Alan Curtis
Alan Curtis
17:21 12 Nov 20
Great food, my ducks love it;()
21:54 02 Nov 20
The staff are fantastic. Really helpful knowledgeable. My number 1 place for poultry.
Amanda C
Amanda C
16:06 31 Oct 20
Great place for lunch.Also great for garden and household items. I absolutely love it here
Karen Pickard
Karen Pickard
15:02 31 Oct 20
Great place to visit. Lovely things to buy, good coffee shop and the kids love looking at the animals, especially the chickens and ducks.
Caroline Thom
Caroline Thom
15:22 30 Oct 20
The man in the pet shop was very helpful and knew what he was talking about.
Christine Sanderson
Christine Sanderson
13:28 30 Oct 20
Great food
Paul Mcgill
Paul Mcgill
11:28 25 Oct 20
Great place to visit, particularly good staff on the poultry section
Rob Hayes
Rob Hayes
16:29 24 Oct 20
Service in the restaurant/cafe was first class, everything sanitised before you sit down
Jason Stretton
Jason Stretton
11:48 24 Oct 20
Nice food in the cafe. Plantation and garden centre very well stocked
Seth Wilde
Seth Wilde
12:49 23 Oct 20
Went to buy chickens, very good place but price was a little steep.
H Baker
H Baker
15:56 18 Oct 20
Visited the cafe, 🐕 friendly but you have to sit outside so was a bit cold. Food was lush though
Viv Wilkinson
Viv Wilkinson
14:16 17 Oct 20
The restaurant is very well equipped to cope with social distancing. I had a cheese scone which was absolutely delicious.
Helen Smedley
Helen Smedley
12:46 10 Oct 20
Tasty fresh food in our afternoon tea.
Martin Clark
Martin Clark
15:41 06 Oct 20
Nice food and tables well distanced. Table service provided however it was slow. We waited about half hour for our cups of tea to arrive along with our sandwiches and kids meal. Nice and clean though.
Jennifer Ridgley
Jennifer Ridgley
14:58 04 Oct 20
jon ludgate
jon ludgate
14:34 03 Oct 20
Cafe well thought out. All staff very friendly and quick service. Food good, well presented and reasonably priced. You could spend best part of a day there with so much to see around the rest of the centre.
Yvonne Davies
Yvonne Davies
11:07 02 Oct 20
Was a lovely afternoon. We had food which was really nice. Overall experience was great.
Julie Currington
Julie Currington
15:18 22 Sep 20
Great garden center and not just plants
Deano Slaney
Deano Slaney
19:01 21 Sep 20

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Watling Street
NN12 6GX
United Kingdom

01327 354 126


Garden Centre, Food Hall & Poultry Centre
Mon-Sat: 9am to 5:30pm
Sunday: 10:30am to 4:30pm
Mon to Sat: 9 am- 5 pm
Sun: 10:00 am-4:00 pm

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