16 May 2023
At Nurture Group, our commitment to the environment and sustainability is at the core of everything we do, including landscape construction.
We are driven by our passion to create a greener, more sustainable future, and we actively demonstrate this through our sponsorship of our 2023 RHS Chelsea garden. We are incredibly proud that our garden is constructed using sustainable building materials and methods, highlighting the importance of craftsmanship in its creation.
One outstanding example of our dedication to sustainability is our innovative use of crushed old pots from the Crocus nursery to create bricks for our RHS Chelsea Show Garden used in the landscape construction. By repurposing materials in this way, we minimise waste and contribute to a circular economy, reducing our environmental impact.
At Nurture, we firmly believe that biodiversity is essential for a thriving ecosystem. We collaborate with our clients to explore ways to enhance biodiversity on their sites, making a positive impact on the local environment.
Bees and hives play a critical role in maintaining the health of our ecosystem. They are vital for pollinating trees, plants, flowers, vegetables, and fruits, with one third of the UK's food relying on their pollination. To support these crucial pollinators, we have installed over 114 hives across the country, including prominent locations such as the Liverpool One Shopping Centre, Birmingham Business Park, and Milton Park in Oxfordshire. Our trained beekeepers regularly conduct educational sessions at our client sites, fostering community engagement and raising awareness about the invaluable work of bees in our daily lives.
Water conservation is another vital aspect of our sustainability efforts. By utilising rainwater, we reduce the introduction of harmful chemicals into the environment. Storing rainwater onsite in water butts not only minimises the need for external water sources but also reduces transportation emissions. This harvested water can then be used in irrigation systems to nourish plants, ensuring their health and vitality. Additionally, features like wildlife barrel ponds contribute to the aesthetic appeal of a site while enhancing biodiversity. We have also implemented living walls in various locations across the country, such as Birmingham New Street and numerous office sites, utilising rainwater collected to maintain the health and vibrancy of these green installations.
Insects are crucial for maintaining a balanced ecosystem, and at Nurture, we prioritise creating habitats for these beneficial creatures. By providing nesting sites and refuges, such as insect hotels approved by Buglife, we encourage a diverse range of insects, including ladybirds and lacewings, which assist in controlling aphids and maintaining the ecological balance. These insect hotels are thoughtfully placed in suitable locations, receiving ample sunlight to ensure their effectiveness.
We also recognise the importance of supporting other wildlife species, such as birds, frogs, toads, and hedgehogs. By creating bespoke bug hotels and repurposing unused spaces and materials, we provide shelter and safe havens for these creatures, contributing to their overall well-being and biodiversity preservation.
Pollinators play a crucial role in ecosystem health, and we actively promote their habitats. We advise our clients to leave certain grass areas uncut or reduce the frequency of cutting to provide suitable habitats for pollinators. Additionally, we recommend and plant wildflower plugs to attract and support these essential insects, creating vibrant and biodiverse landscapes.
Reducing waste is a fundamental part of our sustainability efforts. Together with our clients, we strive to minimise waste sent to landfill. Through traditional measures and innovative solutions, such as our 50,000-strong wormery at the beautiful Chiswick Park, we dispose of 50kg of food and green waste per day sustainably. Whether it's repurposing used coffee grounds or composting leftover lunch, we actively recycle and transform waste into valuable compost and other natural resources.
Habitat creation is a key aspect of our biodiversity planning support. We work diligently to repurpose unused spaces and materials, creating new wildlife habitats that range from bird sanctuaries to hedgehog shelters. By incorporating these habitats into our landscapes, we foster biodiversity and provide essential refuges for various species.
At Nurture Group, our passion for the environment and sustainability is ingrained in our DNA. From utilising sustainable building materials and repurposing resources to promoting biodiversity and reducing waste, we are dedicated to making a positive impact on our planet. Through our projects and partnerships, we strive to create greener, more sustainable spaces that enrich both nature and communities. Join us in our journey towards a brighter, more sustainable future.