Traditional gardeners love peat! But there is an alternative peat free compost which is now producing competitive results against the traditional peat based composts. Peat is formed by plants that die in boggy areas do not decompose fully thus producing a rich, organic material known as peat. Peat is commonly used in composts in order to retain moisture and nutrients and is also one of the most commonly used materials to bulk up raised beds etc.
Did you know??
1. Peat renews at only 1mm per year which is why it is considered a non-renewable resource
2. UK peat bogs hold approximately 20 years of industrial carbon
3. Peat bogs are home to many species of birds, wildlife and plants
Here at the Old Railway Line we actively promote the use of peat free compost! Don't just take our word for it, here is a video from an expert!!
Here at the Old Railway Line we beleive that the environment and the impact we have upon it is extremely important and we are always looking into ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and operate in a more environmentally friendly way.
The Old Railway Line Garden Centre is a privately owned garden retail business which has operated from the site for over 20 years. We retail a wide range of products including plants, furniture, garden sundries and pet supplies to suit our customer’s needs and requirements. The company has adopted a vision of continued sustainable development of the site and always aims to operate good environmental practice.
The company recognises the impact of its business activities and that good environmental management is essential. The Old Railway Line Garden Centre is seeking to reduce the impact that its retail business has on the environment and continual improvement forms an integral part of our long term business strategy.
The company believes it has a social and moral responsibility to comply with environmental legislation that relates to the business and where possible employ environmentally friendly measures.
Energy consumption within the business will be reviewed over the next twelve months to try and reduce inputs and use more effective, sustainable sources where possible.
Throughout the garden centre we encourage our customers to re-use, recycle and offer a rich range of flora to promote biodiversity and sustainable planting. We offer a range of reduced peat and peat free growing media and encourage its use amongst customers as we believe that as a garden centre we have a responsibility to raise awareness of such environmental issues.
We will ensure that our operations are designed, managed and controlled to prevent pollution to the environment by;
We are committed to continually improve our environmental performance and will be developing an environmental management system to document all progress made and set targets for future improvement. We understand and accept that financial and manpower resources have to be allocated to fulfil this commitment. Managers at all levels are committed to considering environmental implications when making decisions on the running of the garden centre. It will be the responsibility of management to raise awareness of environmental issues to all employees through training and communications of environmental targets and performance.
We believe looking after the environment is extremely important.
We have been granted funding to pay for an assessment of waste produced by our Railway Restaurant.
A management consultant from The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) Cymru will be visiting our restaurant to assess how much waste we produce. They will then put their findings into a report for us with recommendations on how we can reduce the amount and make cost effective savings.
The Welsh Government has set a target to achieve zero waste by 2050 and every business participating in the WRAP Cymru project will contribute to the achievement of this target.
We currently recycle food, glass, plastic and cardboard in recycling bins. We also have an extensive system in place that was installed to remove any grease from the pipes leaving the kitchen area.
Cooking oil is taken away by one of our customers with a duty of care waste transfer note and is re-used as fuel.
We are looking forward to working with WRAP Cymru to minimise the waste we create and reduce the amount sent to landfill.