Aylett Nurseries is investing in driving sustainability with £180,000 support from Lloyds Bank.
Aylett Nurseries, based south of St Albans, used the funding to invest in 455 new solar panels for its site. This will provide renewable energy for 30 per cent of its annual electricity consumption.
The new solar panels also follow previous investments in electric vehicle chargers for customers and LED lighting throughout its centre. It aims to set an example for protecting the environment.
Aylett, which was founded in 1955, has previously introduced advanced computer-controlled greenhouse systems to ensure that heat and energy use is optimised throughout the growing process.
The family business, which has 70 staff across its nursery and garden centre, also has its own advice centre. Visitors can learn how their gardens can impact the environment.
As well as investing in new technology to improve sustainability, Aylett grows as many plants as possible on its site totalling almost 330,000 sq ft, helping to avoid transporting products from elsewhere.
Solar panel investment at Aylett
Adam Wigglesworth, director at Aylett Nurseries, said: “Forward-thinking is at the heart of how our business operates. The investment in the new solar panels is a prime example of that.
“We know our customers are engaged with the environment, given they’re keen gardeners, and we want to do all we can to make a difference.
“Becoming more sustainable is crucial to our growth, as well as being the right thing to do. In time, we’ll save money on our energy bills which we can re-invest elsewhere in the centre, helping to improve the customer experience and the range of what we can offer.
“The future looks bright and the support from Lloyds Bank is putting us in a position to flourish.”
Aaron Rodway, relationship director at Lloyds Bank, said: “Investing in sustainability is becoming a top priority for businesses.
“Adam and the team are setting an example of how to invest responsibly and make the changes that matter to their customers.
“The business doesn’t rest on its laurels, and it has a track record of investing in new tech. That’s helped to keep Aylett moving forward and make itself a modern business in a modern world. We’ll remain by the business’ side as it continues to invest and evolve.”