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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.

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!!
E M
E M
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
Need to go again, spend a little more time next visit. Some lovely stuff to look at, lots of chickens and ducks for sale.
Stefan Hayes
Stefan Hayes
16:24 12 Jul 20
Nice place to visit, some products are overpriced... Farm style shop is quite well stocked. Some of the plants were a little unhealthy, but overall a good garden centre shopping village..
Adam F
Adam F
14:29 12 Jul 20
Great experience and plenty of social distancing measures
madeline green
madeline green
21:32 05 Jul 20
Excellent place to visit.
Michael Fraser
Michael Fraser
14:41 28 Jun 20
Nice place. Went to look at the Hot Tub centre
craig drinnan
craig drinnan
12:33 28 Jun 20
Clean, well spaced, plenty of hygiene points well stocked and excellent staff.
Tracy Prestidge
Tracy Prestidge
14:33 27 Jun 20
So please these guys are open again, nice selection of plants, and took the home delivery option in lock donw too
Madeleine Towns
Madeleine Towns
19:37 23 Jun 20
Meant to give you 5 Stars hit the icons too quickly, sorry about that as I love your garden centre it is a delight to visit. And always happy with my purchases. Thank you
Marian Lowery
Marian Lowery
14:27 22 Jun 20
Was really looking forward to it opening again, and wasn't disappointed. There were '2 metre' notices and markers everywhere. Enjoyed my look around, and didn't miss out on coffee and cake either as it was takeaway.
Mandy Taylor
Mandy Taylor
18:02 21 Jun 20
Love the variety available and the staff were really helpful and friendly
Lee-Ann Conway
Lee-Ann Conway
08:37 14 Jun 20

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Watling Street
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