Nowhere are we closer to nature than when we are in our gardens and at Hare Spring Cottage Plants we are mindful of our impact on the environment in everything we do. By caring for our land and wildlife we can maintain a healthy ecosystem which is good for us and our gardens.
It was wonderful to read comments by RHS Director General Sue Biggs in the Telegraph recently praising Britain’s nurseries for embracing the challenges of climate change.
Sue said: "Our growers are impacted by climate change and have to find new ways to grow. Thankfully, our nurseries are amazing in this country. A growing number of nurseries exhibiting in the Great Pavilion at Chelsea have made positive changes to their growing practices in an attempt to lessen their impact on the environment by for example going peat-free, using biodegradable posts and harvesting rainwater for irrigation."
This is a subject that we are passionate about at Hare Spring Cottage Plants. We are certainly no stranger to climate change and extreme weather, having overcome the effects of the 2018 spring floods on the nursery which damaged 90% of our hardy plants. Luckily, their hardiness (and ours!) meant we were able to rescue most of them in time for the peak show season.
Another big challenge is reducing plastic on the nursery. We have already removed it from our packaging when sending our plant and bulb orders and we will no longer have plastic bags on our stands this year when we exhibit at shows. Instead we will be offering new eco friendly Juco bags for sale and encouraging visitors to bring their own bags.
We are looking forward to sharing some of the steps we are taking here on the nursery with show visitors this year – and hearing their own tips for greener gardening.