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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 to go good cafe pond center poultry centre good little shops
laurence poyner
laurence poyner
05:59 12 Jun 21
Lots to see. Lovely selection. Helpful staff.
Badria Gates
Badria Gates
11:27 10 Jun 21
Lovely place and a lot of plants, clothes etc., here.
Veronica Gibbard
Veronica Gibbard
20:29 07 Jun 21
Spacious layout with a different feel to the larger chain garden centres, with some lovely touches and different product ranges.
John Mahoney
John Mahoney
16:11 05 Jun 21
A magical place
Philippa Tinsley
Philippa Tinsley
11:06 05 Jun 21
Great garden centre. Poultry Centre is amazing.
Ant
Ant
13:09 31 May 21
I went yesterday with my daughter who always loves the chickens, we had a lovely afternoon looking at the plants, having lunch and visiting the concessions on site. I would definitely recommend Bell Plantation for all age groups.Will be back.
Sarah Cooper
Sarah Cooper
07:05 31 May 21
The chicken section was much improved over our last visit.
Online Account
Online Account
19:53 30 May 21
Great variety of products, reasonably priced. Love the cafe and the staff are really friendly.
emma Crawford
emma Crawford
12:19 28 May 21
I was quite impressed on my first visit, whilst waiting to be seen, I talked to a couple of people with animals all spoke highly of Charles the senior vet, good enough for me.
Owen Coop
Owen Coop
17:12 27 May 21
Never been before great place to go if u like chickens 🙂
Mark Clayton
Mark Clayton
11:22 24 May 21
Absolutely fantastic place,beautiful plants and the chickens were fun to see.
Marissa White
Marissa White
15:14 22 May 21
Lovely Garden Centre. Very clean and well maintained. Our 1yo loved the Poultry Centre and trying to talk to all the Chickens, Ducks & other poultry!
Rhian J. Owen
Rhian J. Owen
13:17 22 May 21
Lovely food 😍😍😍
Rachel “RC” Nash
Rachel “RC” Nash
22:12 21 May 21
Lovely Garden centre with interesting plants and poultry etc.
Jinx The Mal
Jinx The Mal
16:04 19 May 21
Pleasant trip out looking around the bric-a-brac, well laid out and enjoyed looking round all the chickens!
Rogan Marshall
Rogan Marshall
19:08 15 May 21
Plenty of stock but not what we were looking for
David Noon
David Noon
15:27 11 May 21
Real buzz yesterday- people of all ages out to enjoy a Covid restricted Sunday in May. Good food, good shopping, very pleasant staff. Can't wait for it all to get going again fully.
Wendy Francis
Wendy Francis
17:44 10 May 21
We bought our chickens from here, their keeper was knowledgeable, caring and friendly; no hard sell just good advice, reasonably priced. Nice layout, plenty going on, careful though you could easily spend a fortune.
Phillip Cave
Phillip Cave
12:49 03 May 21
Good range of seasonal plants and nice experience
Bill Shirley
Bill Shirley
16:00 02 May 21
Lovely cake and coffee in the cafe and a visit to Jenny and Mike at Vitreus Arts to book a class. Great morning out.
sarah street
sarah street
11:38 27 Apr 21
Very good . Good service and delicious food.
Vikki Morton
Vikki Morton
18:53 25 Apr 21
Lovely experience will be going back soon
mark butler
mark butler
13:23 18 Apr 21
Great info and guidance given by the chicken/duck staff
Neithie Dear
Neithie Dear
12:07 18 Apr 21
Really good. We have waited so long to get back to some resemblance of order. Our outside meal was good. Thanks.
Mike Hornett
Mike Hornett
16:09 14 Apr 21
Plenty of stock at reasonable prices.
Richard Senior
Richard Senior
10:49 05 Apr 21
Brilliant garden centre
Frédéric Wiseur
Frédéric Wiseur
13:20 29 Mar 21
Great shop, staff very helpful 👍
Steve Fothergill
Steve Fothergill
14:07 27 Mar 21

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Watling Street
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