Fairweathers’s Garden Centre Initiative for Spring
Let’s reduce plastic bag usage and support ‘Love the Forest’ at the same time!
Since October 5th 2015 customers at all large UK shops have been charged 5p for each single-use carrier bag they use during their shopping trip as part of a new Government scheme.
Fairweather’s Garden Centre in Beaulieu is now offering customers re-usable jute bags, charging 5p for single use bags, and donating the proceeds to Love the Forest.
To help customers reduce their plastic bag use, and become accustomed to using them Fairweather’s is offering a limited number of free reusable bags worth £4.99 at the Garden Centre tills during April and May to all customers spending more than £20.
For customers choosing to continue using a plastic bag, the 5p charge will be donated to the New Forest Trust’s ‘Love the Forest’ scheme which raises donations ‘to support the protection and improvement of the unique New Forest landscape, flora & fauna and the traditional forest way of life’.
Owner Patrick Fairweather says: “Even though we sell plants that improve our environment, it’s incredibly important we do our bit to reduce waste. We hope our customers will take up our reusable bag offer to minimise the environmental impact of plastic in the Forest.
“Supporting ‘Love the Forest’ will help ensure that the Forest is maintained for generations to come and I would encourage other New Forest businesses to voluntarily support this initiative which will reduce waste and litter and raise valuable funds for the wonderful place we live in.”
New Forest Trust Chairman William Ziegler added, “As a charity we are always seeking new ways for both the public and local businesses to support us, and think Patrick Fairweather’s innovation is a brilliant idea. It works on so many levels apart from just supporting us, the Trust, and I would very much hope that other businesses within the forest recognise this and consider joining the scheme as well.
Any monies raised will go towards supporting the work of the Trust which ranges from supporting Animal safety initiatives & educational projects to working towards providing affordable housing for young commoners.”
Fairweather’s Garden Centre is based in Beaulieu Village and includes Steff’s Kitchen and Patrick’s Patch, a productive educational garden open to the public.
Fairweather’s recycle all their Cardboard, Glass, Green waste, Food waste and Grease.
More than 60% of their light fittings have been converted to low energy LED bulbs.
Fairweather’s produce more than 1 million plants per annum! Visit Fairweather’s for all your garden needs, click the link below: