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Looking Back Over 2023

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It’s been another busy year, and we’re very proud to have diverted over 100,000 tones of green waste from landfill this year to create our organic, peat-free compost! It’s actually been a record year for the amount of green waste we’ve processed and we wanted to share some other highlights too:

Supporting heritage projects

Over 2023 we’ve worked with a number of stately homes and heritage centres to ensure their green spaces remain spectacular so they can be enjoyed by thousands of visitors. Some of our favourite projects have included working with Parham House & Park early in the year to supply Winter Mulch to help care for their spectacular gardens which were first set out in the 18th Century. We also worked closely with the team at Ince Castle in Cornwall supplying 60 tonnes of our Golden Gravel to help transform the café area within the castle grounds.

Meeting passionate gardeners

We loved being part of Stansted’s Garden Show in the summer. Just a short distance from our HQ this celebrated outdoor event gave us the opportunity to meet customers, talk about our products and hear their plans for their outdoor spaces. It was such a success, we’ve immediately booked for the 2024 show. We’ve also enjoyed working with local gardening projects and have supported the team at Tuppenny Barn since 2016. This local charity promotes education in horticulture and sustainability in West Sussex, Hampshire and the surrounding area.

Expanding our range

After listening to feedback it was clear that many gardeners were keen to buy additional products including decorative aggregates like cobbles, gravel and slate in bulk to help with outdoor projects including driveways, paths, garden borders, and more. So in June we launched our new range of blue slate, beach cobbles and chippings which are proving extremely popular!

Keeping communities green

A number of urban spaces are now giving careful thought to how to incorporate green spaces into new planning applications and developments. This year we worked with 1 Spinningfields Square, Manchester to create a green roof and with Plaistow Hub which is building a new local centre by the Underground Station. Here we supplied trees, shrubs, soil, shingle and bark to support the project.

Supporting the next generation

Over the year we’ve worked with a number of schools to supply and donate materials for their outside spaces. Here are the pupils of Darley Dale Primary with their bag of topsoil we donated to help them create raised beds.

We were also very proud to help create Stamshaw School‘s Memorial Garden in memory of one of its pupils who died earlier this year. Our team donated turf and soil for the pond and surrounding areas, which now offers a collective space for the children to spend time outside and remember their friend.

Sporting success

One of the most rewarding aspects of our work is helping schools and colleges create and maintain great outdoor sports space. This year we’ve been part of the team helping look after sports pitches in Bognor Regis, Havant and Portsmouth and beyond!

Celebrating allotments

As part of #NationalAllotmentWeek we asked those with allotments up and down the UK to share their successes. We loved seeing all your pictures and gave away a bulk bag of our organic compost to an allotment owner in Manchester who shared some incredible photos of how he’d transformed his space.

Championing charities

To finish up the year we’ve just announced a new partnership with St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Chichester to sponsor their Christmas Tree recycling scheme. We’re working with the team at St ‘Wilfs’ to encourage local people to recycle their trees by paying a £15 donation to the hospice. The trees will be collected from people’s homes and taken to our green waste site in Tangmere for composting. This is a great way to encourage green waste recycling and support a local charity which manages entirely on donations.

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