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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.

Good price great staff .
Tony Mitten
Tony Mitten
18:04 19 Sep 20
Cafe social distancing was excellent even social distancing in the men's toilet urinal area.Food was lovely as usual and staff were very friendly and welcoming.
Adrian Tinsley
Adrian Tinsley
11:59 19 Sep 20
Excellent lovely lunch great atmosphere staff very friendly.
Christine Allen
Christine Allen
15:07 14 Sep 20
Great shop shame they have started putting Xmas bits and bobs out already slightly too early I think
mark jennings
mark jennings
14:04 14 Sep 20
Good food, everyone social distanced, most wearing facemasks. Polite staff. Enjoyed visiting Vitreus Art new gallery and workshops.
terry boardman
terry boardman
14:41 12 Sep 20
Garden Centre good restaurant slow. We waited 15 minutes for order to taken then 20 minutes for it to appear, only wanted 2 lattes! Not too busy when we got there but soon filled, some of them served b4 us who went in later.
Pat Whetstone
Pat Whetstone
14:42 06 Sep 20
Very good, the cafe has been made bigger and everything is laid out for social distancing.
Barry Clarke
Barry Clarke
15:59 05 Sep 20
Great cream tea at a good price. Garden centre well laud out with lots to coos from at reasonable prices.
Paul Parsons
Paul Parsons
13:46 31 Aug 20
Wonderful place, to chillax the day away. Lovely garden centre and My Little Vintage is gorgeous! Well worth a visit!
monica blackwood
monica blackwood
18:47 21 Aug 20
I go to get my haircut at the Barber Works, would definitely recommend Nick, highly professional.
Thom Stitt
Thom Stitt
16:14 21 Aug 20
Love everything about the cafe, the food, which was delicious, the staff, who are very customer focused, the relaxed atmosphere, and their Covid procedures make you feel confident and comfortable.
Alan Ashford
Alan Ashford
20:52 12 Aug 20
Lovely food served by pleasant staff.
Elizabeth Brankin
Elizabeth Brankin
17:07 11 Aug 20
A nice big centre with a lovely cafe (indoor and out), the breakfasts were very nice and apparently they are part of the Monday to Wednesday half price scheme. The Covid distancing was very well organised and efficient. The staff were charming. The main shop is open and the outdoor garden centre.
Keith Myers
Keith Myers
09:03 10 Aug 20
Spoke to a lovely assistant as I'm waiting for the silkies to be come available again..lovely place
Gillian Shorrock
Gillian Shorrock
15:23 08 Aug 20
Nice place to visit. Definitely worth a look. Will visit again.
Lee Johnson
Lee Johnson
11:40 05 Aug 20
My favourite place for garden and poultry
Rebekah Williams
Rebekah Williams
18:13 01 Aug 20
Rebuilt section looks much better and, despite social distancing restrictions, it's a great place to visit for the garden centre and sheds or hard landscaping requirements.
Brian Blackwell
Brian Blackwell
22:30 25 Jul 20
(Update: the new restaurant is now open.) Wow, what a transformation they've had since I last visited. It's three times the size! Due to Covid-19, new restaurant/café wasn't open when I visited, but again, wow, very impressed. Friendly staff as well. Animals (birds and goats) to look at and some for purchase. Other new, not yet open, buildings accessed through the car parking area. Will be back!!
20:20 21 Jul 20
Very plesent environment, vets, reptile and fish store, a shop selling country wares plants and chickens, also a cafe for something to eat and drink.
David Cox-rogers
David Cox-rogers
19:06 18 Jul 20

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Watling Street
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01327 354 126


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

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