Our Environment & Community

Stewarts Garden Centres and Landscaping aim to be at the forefront of green issues in the way we operate, in the products we supply to our customers and the ethos behind how we run our business. We have identified three areas where our business can make a contribution to the environment and our surrounding area, this is our small contribution to making the world a better place. We are delighted that our efforts at Stewarts Christchurch Garden Centre have been recognised by the Garden Centre Association and are now pushing even harder to make environmental changes for the better.


We are actively trying to reduce our general waste collections by recycling as much as we can in our Garden Centres. We currently recycle:

Plastic and

Printer ink and
toner cartridges

Food cartons

Food waste


Paper and

Food tins, drink cans and metals

We also “recycle” rainwater on site by collecting it in water butts and using it to water our plants (most plants prefer rainwater to tap water anyway, so it’s a win-win!).

Used coffee grounds from our Coffee Shops are bagged up and given away free to our customers. There are studies that have shown these grounds can be effective against slugs, in home made compost, as mulch and as a fertiliser.

Plants that don’t make it to customers’ homes that are in good condition are given another chance at our Thrifty Thursday plant sale at the Stewarts Nursery. Those that are past their best are ploughed back into our fields around Stewarts Broomhill Garden Centre, where our herd of cattle live.

The batteries we use on site are collected and recycled through a nationwide battery recycling scheme.

We have an area for customers to leave and take empty plant pots in our car parks; those left behind are sent for recycling. We accept plastic plant pots marked with PS (6) and PP (5) but are unable to take pots marked with PETE (1), HDPE (2), V (3), LDPE (4) or Other (7).

We are pleased to offer our customers the chance to recycle their old electrical items when purchasing a new item from us. Please speak to a member of staff for details on how to dispose of your WEEE item in store. For further information on recycling your old electrical devices with Stewarts, please see the following document: WEEE Recycling – Customer Info.

Green Operations

We sell durable Stewarts jute bags, for use time and time again, as well as a range of handbag-friendly folding bags in our Home & Lifestyle departments.

The 5p we charge for plastic bags goes entirely to our Charity of the Year, but if you don’t wish to buy a plastic bag we have empty used cardboard boxes available by our tills. By 2020 we aim to have eliminated plastic bags from our tills.

Refill Dorset free tap water available at Stewarts Garden Centres

We are proud to be members of Refill Dorset, so you can refill your reusable water bottle for free in any of our Coffee Shops.

We only offer paper straws in our Coffee Shops, our takeaway food containers are compostable, and we do not offer single-use coffee cups.

Every effort is made to reduce vehicle movements by efficient planning of rotas and deliveries.

We use electric vehicles on our nursery.

In a bid to reduce our organisation’s carbon footprint, we have installed roof solar and LED lighting at our 2 centres in Dorset, plus a Ground Source Heat Pump and thermal screens in our new nursery glasshouse. This project has been part funded by Low Carbon Dorset as part of the European Regional Development Fund and will save over 440 tonnes of CO2 each year.

Environmentally Friendly Products

We sell plants and trees, possibly the most environmentally friendly thing you can buy!

We grow and source as many plants as possible from local suppliers to reduce plant miles, including growing at least 10% ourselves on our own Nursery

What we can’t source locally, we try to source from elsewhere in the UK, keeping transportation to a minimum


We promote plants that are good for attracting bees and other insects into the garden

The majority of ingredients sold in our Coffee Shops are sourced locally, including beef from our own herd of Dexter cattle

Our food is fresh and homemade, no ready-meals here!

We sell honey collected from bees kept on site at Stewarts Christchurch and on God’s Blessing Lane

We sell reduced-peat products in line with current government guidelines, as well as eco-friendly alternatives

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We sell a wide range of locally-sourced products, including many from New Forest Marque registered businesses

We actively look for new eco-friendly products to introduce to our ranges, which include water recycling, organic pest and disease controls, innovative products and products to help our customers recycle and help with organic gardening

We endeavour to source furniture with FSC accreditation or from sources with environmental accreditations

We sell reusable travel mugs made from bamboo (plant power!)


  • We encourage links with local schools and groups to encourage gardening among the younger generation

  • We encourage local wildlife charities to talk to our customers, promoting responsibility to protect nature and the environment such as the RSPB and Dorset and Hampshire Wildlife Trusts

  • Each year we sponsor a local artist, Nina Squire, to deliver a series of workshops to youngsters in the community ferndown & district horticultural association logo

  • We sponsor the children’s classes at the Ferndown & District Horticultural Association’s Spring and Summer Shows

  • Martin Stewart gives talks throughout the year on the history of Stewarts, with all funds raised going to our Charity of the Year

We constantly review our green accreditation and look for any opportunity to improve how Stewarts can help the environment, and we’re always happy to hear your suggestions on how we can do more!

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