Actions and decisions we all make on a daily basis have an impact on the planet we live on.  Since Sir David Attenborough highlighted the problem with plastics found in the oceans we are all becoming more aware of how we live, what we buy and how individuals can make a difference to our planet.

At Bosworth’s we are doing our bit to make sure that we lessen our impact on the environment by taking some positive initiatives.

Let us tell you about about what we are doing that you may not know about…..

Plastic Straws

Both Aspen and Mulberry Cafe have now discontinued use of single use plastic straws and we now only have paper straws.

Food Waste

All our food is freshly prepared to order leaving very little food waste.  At Mulberry Cafe in Elton, any food waste is sent over to The Secret Garden where it is added to the compost heap.
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Plant Miles

Each year we grow around a million plants on our very own nurseries that you will find for sale in our garden centres.  The nursery is located at Burton Latimer so the most these plants travel is 20 miles to Elton and only a hundred metres in the case of Burton Latimer.

The Secret Garden also grow a wide selection of fruit and vegetables that Mulberry Cafe use in their dishes.

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Coffee Grounds

Did you know coffee grounds make good fertilizer either by sprinking round soil or adding to the compost heap.  At Mulberry Cafe in Elton our used coffee grounds are available to take away and use.

Peat

The garden centre industry has made significant progress in developing peat-free and peat-reduced alternatives for plants.  Other materials such as composted bark, coconut fibre, wood fibre and green waste have been are being investigated with over £100 million being invested into the development. 

At Bosworth’s Garden Centre we have a peat-free alternative by New Horizon.

Plastic Pots

Plastic plant pots have long been a contentious issue.  Non black plastic plant pots are actually recyclable, however, few local authorities are currently collecting them with the kerbside collection.  The HTA (Horticultural Trades Association) want local authorities to change their guidance regarding plastic pots.   You can check your area here to see if they accept pots for recycling. You could aslo consider donating your used pots to local gardening clubs or schools where they can be re-used. 

At Bosworth’s our pansies and violas are packed in new clear packaging which means this packaging should be able to be recycled with your kerbside collections. In the meantime the HTA continues to look into ensuring a sustainable system for plastic.

Snowglobe

For those of you that have visited the Snowglobe over the past few years you will be aware that the “snow” is actually a form of shredded plastic.  This year we have sourced bio-degradable snow which will not go on to clog up land fill sites. 
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