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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 place for poultry and gardening purchase
Niaz Chowdhury
Niaz Chowdhury
18:14 17 Feb 20
A lovely garden centre with quite a few quaint shops around. Cafe is lovely and very popular. Goods to buy are very expensive though.
Stupensardi 278
Stupensardi 278
16:53 15 Feb 20
Wonderful place .staff really lovely and food is excellent. Only complaint it is freezing cold in conservatory where we were eating with side door continually opening..
Mo Palmer
Mo Palmer
11:27 14 Jan 20
Love this place. Great things for the garden and love stopping for a nice coffee.
Jennifer Evans
Jennifer Evans
21:17 05 Dec 19
This is a lovely and judging by the building work going on, ever expanding nursery with associated businesses around the site. These include a pet shop, vintage collectors store, hot tubs, clothing and a good cafe. They had an Amazing selection of plants and the biggest display of succulents I have seen when I visited in September but some of the plant display had been given over to many Christmas display counters. Also have a lovely selection of gifts, vases, outdoor clothing etc.Outside there are many more plants and also live poultry if you fancy having fresh eggs every day.Overall one of the best nurseries in the area and well worth a visit.
G Flinders
G Flinders
20:50 25 Nov 19
Is .....G R E A T....t.t.t....🎩
Zdzislaw Burdzy
Zdzislaw Burdzy
17:07 22 Oct 19
Nice place, lots of things to look at
peter wilson
peter wilson
11:07 18 Aug 19
As we buy all of our chicken and duck food from here the young lad in poultry section was very knowledgeable about the feed and stock and could not have been more helpful
David Hinks
David Hinks
07:54 21 Jul 19
Fabulous choice of things to see and buy. Amazing staff who are all friendly and helpful.The store card has great discount.We will come often even though we live 30 miles away😉
Doreen Chand
Doreen Chand
08:50 05 Jul 19
Brilliant garden centre!
Eduard Kriegler
Eduard Kriegler
15:10 23 Jun 19
A fantastic garden centre. Staff are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Nothing is to much, they will spend time with you showing you round the plants to get just what you need with plenty of advice given. Definitely worth a visit.
Elleb
Elleb
15:27 28 Feb 19
friendly and helpful staff, a well stocked with real ale from local brewers
Neal Gibson
Neal Gibson
22:49 07 Feb 19
Lovely place great staff great food all superb experience
Jenny Kirkwood
Jenny Kirkwood
17:22 02 Feb 19
Always a great cup of coffee and delicious breads and cakes.
david long
david long
08:47 31 Jan 19
Staff very friendly have been there many times to purchase poultry very happy
Patrick Devine
Patrick Devine
18:24 08 Dec 18
Helpful polite friendly staff, quality plants, great cafe, what more could you need.
Dave Lindsell
Dave Lindsell
16:45 31 Jul 18
loved the frock & shoe shop. Very different than the high street shops
Robert Brogden
Robert Brogden
11:41 09 Jun 18
Nice little garden centre, nice cafe/restaurant, some shops selling shoes dresses bric~ a ~brag, etc.
alan taylor
alan taylor
16:44 12 May 18
A must visit garden centre!
james hobbs
james hobbs
18:38 13 Apr 18
Great cafe. Staff very friendly and helpful. The menu is traditional fare well turned out.
Mark Goodall
Mark Goodall
14:52 30 Mar 18
Would highly recommend.
Silverstone Fleet Management
Silverstone Fleet Management
06:47 27 Mar 18
Amazing place.
Drone Works
Drone Works
06:46 27 Mar 18
Lovely place, reasonable garden centre, serves a great breakfast in the cafe.
Andy Andy
Andy Andy
09:29 09 Mar 18
Nice place to stop for lunch especially in the summer as there is outdoor seating (although limited), sells anything garden related from compost to quails
George Belsham
George Belsham
13:20 01 Feb 18
Great restaurant and garden centre, best poultry centre in the area.
Lyn Kearns
Lyn Kearns
16:38 08 Jan 18
It’s a very good place to get your Christmas trees from!!! I get mine form there every year and it makes Christmas that little bit more special for me and my family!!! Thanks bell plantation!!🎄
Mplus Morrison
Mplus Morrison
10:58 17 Dec 17
Great café, helpful for people with allergies, could do with better coffee though. Great place to wander for ages and lots of beautiful things to buy... Including chickens! 🐓
Yolomango yup
Yolomango yup
08:58 05 Nov 17
Food gem in garden centre delivers a relaxing environment, good choice of snacks from full breakfast to lunchtime specials at sensible prices.
Graham Robinson
Graham Robinson
13:16 31 Oct 17
Great restaurant. Excellent food and friendly service
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
09:51 11 Oct 17
Lovely garden centre with a lovely cafe. :- )
Craig Harris
Craig Harris
09:50 06 Oct 17
Visited for lunch yesterday. Café excellent. However, I was then overcharged for an item in The Shoe cabin's supposed sale. The cashier actually wrote a higher price on the tag, explaining that the existing price of £31.00 was 'a mistake'...She then wrote £44.00 on the tag before applying the sale discount!! I don't believe that this is legal? My friend and I were stunned with disbelief!
Hillie Vernon
Hillie Vernon
10:23 15 Sep 17
If you have not yet visited you are missing out! This is a fantastic place to go and explore. The garden centre has a great range of plants fro sure but this place offers much more. A poultry centre where you can view all types of poultry up close and buy some for your own supply of eggs! The cafe is tastefully created using old reclaimed brick and offers a great range of food and drinks. Then there are the other shops on site ranging from a wedding shop to a reptile centre where you often see snakes out in the open!
Clive Hawes
Clive Hawes
14:20 14 Sep 17
Really enjoyed our visit. Lovely shopping experience especially the Frock and Shoe shop.
Christine Abbott
Christine Abbott
15:27 13 Sep 17
Very pleasant. Fantastic food, very friendly staff, lots to see and experience including the chicken!
Dorothy Owen
Dorothy Owen
18:13 24 Aug 17
Had a meeting here nice place a little vintage cafe. Wifi was broken but very nice latte and not too expensive
Jules White
Jules White
18:20 21 Aug 17
Good food. Pleasant seating. Value for money.
Isobel Gilbert
Isobel Gilbert
17:34 21 Aug 17
Well laid out with everything you would expect from a garden centre. Excellent breakfast offering
Carl Ontong
Carl Ontong
10:12 19 Aug 17
Had a lovely breakfast and then a walk around the garden centre 😊
Ann Ray
Ann Ray
10:41 16 Aug 17
Very pleasant and relaxing, friendly happy and helpful staff, will always be back.
Mo Palmer
Mo Palmer
16:36 15 Aug 17
Fantastic place to visit staff are friendly and knowledgeable in the products they sell be it plant or animal
Ellen Davey
Ellen Davey
17:20 05 Aug 17
Gorgeous garden centre and lovely cafe 😊
Victoria Kemp
Victoria Kemp
16:05 05 Aug 17
Ok
Ryszard Stepien
Ryszard Stepien
15:42 01 Aug 17
A very pleasant place for a meal, stopped there twice no complaints at all
Michael Norman
Michael Norman
16:24 31 Jul 17
Love this place.
Diane Walker
Diane Walker
18:01 22 Jul 17
Good food and staff lovely
Morag Wardrop
Morag Wardrop
18:32 20 Jul 17
A our first visit to the Bell Plantation Garden Centre. Ideal place to stop for food and refreshments as it is located on a major road. Staff were very friendly and polite. Food was very good and well prepared. The beetroot spinach quiche was full of flavour. We sat outside but our bench didn't have a parasol and it got very hot and difficult to see as the white table reflected the sun light.
Barry Goodall
Barry Goodall
18:03 09 Jul 17
First visit since the upgrade/expansion. Very impressed.
Terry Gardner
Terry Gardner
13:21 27 Jun 17
Great brewery shop stacked with Towcester Mill Brewery beer, local gin, vodka and fruit wine... Bliss!
David M Williams
David M Williams
08:58 06 Jun 17
Smashing breakfast in the cafe.
Richard Clinker
Richard Clinker
15:48 08 May 17
Great garden centre with lots of little shops on site
Neil Milly
Neil Milly
18:50 19 Jun 16
Interesting place with a wide variety of small independent unusual retail outlets selling everything from second hand bargains to chickens. Well worth a visit for an hour or two with plenty of free parking and a nice cafeteria for refreshments
S Smith
S Smith
07:07 14 May 16
I love it at Bells. Gorgeous courtyard selling beautiful plants, a great Cafe and antiques shop and the Farm Shop sells yummy food, fresh meat and vegetables. Worth an afternoon out.
Alice Warren
Alice Warren
16:05 16 Sep 15
Really nice, family-friendly cafe with very nice food - good portion sizes too!
Alex Walker
Alex Walker
21:48 26 Apr 14
Great place, really nicely laid out. My kids loved the chickens, there are some huge ones there.
Simon Morton
Simon Morton
15:51 09 Nov 12

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Watling Street
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