Community and SustainabilitySupporting Our local community and the environment
Community & Sustainability
More than ever Community is important and we have worked throughout 2020 with our local community to help with essential supplies. Earlier this year at the outbreak of COVID-19 we converted our cafe into the ‘Phoenix Farm Shop’ – the name came from the Phoenix rising from the ashes, as we closed the cafe due to COVID-19, the farm shop was born. We have now reopened our lovely cafe which is open daily for refreshments from 10am to 4pm. We use as many sustainable products as possible. We also have a great range of environment products in the shop.
Supporting Local Growers
You might like to know that 90% of our plants are grown within 20 miles of the Shop, so from an eco-friendly point of view we are actively trying to improve our environmental footprint. Recycling, particularly of plastic, is an issue high on most people’s agenda at the moment, and we are continually looking for ways to improve our carbon footprint. As members of the Horticultural Traders Association we take advantage of keeping up to date with sustainability matters, including one close to my heart, that of our current inability to recycle black plant pots. There is much research ongoing into replacing these pots so that they can be included in a kerbside collection by the council, and also moves to reduce the amount of peat used in planting media. We have already taken some steps along this route, with two of our suppliers using peat free media; our Durston’s compost is now packed in 100% recyclable bags together with our commitment to use local nurseries for our plants. We also return as many trays and pots as we can for re-use.
Supporting Local Art & Craft businesses
We have always tried to support local small art and craft businesses, and now showcase a wide range. From felt-craft to a glass maker, a book binder, potters, and hair accessories there is much to choose from for that totally original gift.