Bees are essential pollinators
With a keen eye on creating sustainable habitats for British wildlife, Ashridge Nurseries has pledged to ensure that its nursery plants are grown in peat-free composts, and without neonicotinoid-based pesticides.
As one of the UK's leading online suppliers of hedging, ornamental trees, fruit trees and roses, Ashridge Nurseries has a longstanding environmental ethos and believes strongly in enhancing and creating natural wildlife habitats.
We have an established relationship with wildlife organisations, including the RSPB. And many of the nursery's trees, shrubs and plants play a special role in supporting native wildlife through shelter, food and pollination.
In light of recent findings into the sustainability of peat resources and the impact of neonicotinoids on pollinating insects, we have made two very firm commitments to our customers and the environment at the start of the growing season.
Natural habitats and beautiful gardens
"We strongly believe that encouraging natural wildlife habitats goes hand in hand with creating beautiful gardens," explains Frances de Bosdari, Director of Ashridge Nurseries.
"We felt the need to make an environmental stand and to spell out our green credentials. We have looked carefully at our nursery production and have decided to stop using peat in the cultivation of our plants and therefore play a role in the preservation of precious peat bogs and wildlife."
"And given the recent and serious concerns being raised regarding the potential effect of neonicotinoid pesticides on wildlife, and especially crucial pollinators such as bees, we felt it was important to take a strong stance. So, we have withdrawn these pesticides from our nurseries with immediate effect."
By making this commitment to removing peat and neonicotinoids, Ashridge Nurseries continues its best efforts to give gardeners quality plants that they can enjoy all year round, whilst also contributing positively to the welfare of British wildlife, especially its essential pollinators.