Coolings collects award at the KEiBAs

by | Jun 26, 2019 | Business, Independents, News | 0 comments


Coolings wins Commitment to the Environment Award at this year’s Kent Excellence in Business Awards.

Coolings Nurseries has committed to the environment since Arthur Cooling began the business in 1913. As well as a reputation for plant expertise, they are aiming to be the ‘Greenest’ Garden Centre in the UK.
They recycle at least 90% of all on-site waste. Last year, this included 20 tonnes of cardboard and two shipping containers worth of green waste. And plastic plant pots accounted for 14.4 tonnes of the 19 tonnes of plastic the business recycled in 2017.
With one of the largest selections of plants available in the UK, most grown on site, they are working hard to reduce their carbon footprint.
Rainwater is harvested throughout the garden centre. It’s collected in two reservoirs which hold six Olympic-sized swimming pools.
They have introduced biodegradable carrier bags and recyclable taupe pots. They’re trying to get the new pots accepted by Sevenoaks council for domestic recycling.
The on-site restaurant, Arthur’s, uses home-grown fruit and veg from the ‘plot to plate’ greenhouse.
Environmental awareness is promoted in the local community and school. The Coolings environmental pledge shares goals and achievements with customers and locals.
They encourage sensory planting and schemes which attract insects, birds and other animals.
Managing Director, Gary Carvosso, said: “We’re delighted to have won this award in recognition of our efforts to minimise our environmental impact.”
“We benefit from the support of our customers, who have embraced the schemes. Our public plastic pot recycling scheme, after a pilot trial, is being used by various local businesses. We are aiming to recycle over 20 tonnes per year.”
The Cooling family owns and operates The Gardeners Garden Centre, Rushmore Hill, Knockholt. The 14-acre site also houses the production nurseries for the group.

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