Sustainability Policy

Groves recognise that the global environment is our single most important resource. Dorset and indeed the UK boasts some of the most beautiful countryside, flora and fauna in the world, and we want to keep it that way. While the issues surrounding global warming and environmental damage are diverse and complex, by implementing a comprehensive, company-wide environmental policy, we have developed stringent best-practice guidelines for all of our employees to reduce our carbon footprint, promote recycling and energy efficiency, and limit wastage wherever possible.

Peat Policy

Groves Nurseries shares public concern in reducing peat use to minimise the effects of global peat extraction on peat bog habitats.  We have a comprehensive range of peat free products so that our customers can always make a peat free choice for whatever use of compost they wish.  Where possible we will always offer peat free compost at a comparable price to traditional compost so that affordability isn’t a factor.

We aim to educate customers on the use of peat free compost so that they choose this alternative.  This involves working alongside manufacturers to ensure clear labelling so that customer can make informed choices.

We believe the compost supply chain would be unable to cope with the demand of us going 100% peat free at the moment.  This is certainly our aim and we will be working closely with suppliers to make sure that this happens in a reasonable timeframe and in a sustainable way

During 2021 we have been carrying out trials with members of Bridport Gardening Club to develop our own brand of Peat Free Multi-Purpose compost. 

Our nursery is now proud to be 100% peat free.  During 2021 all of our bedding, vegetable plants, shrubs and perennials were grown in Peat Free growing media developed by Melcourt.

Recycling and Upcycling

We compact and recycle all of our cardboard and paper waste, our staff are also encouraged not to print off unnecessary documents and minimise paper waste by making a committed effort to cut down on paper-based marketing, with the majority of our external advertising being electronic. Where possible, our cardboard boxes are reused for customers to carry their purchases to their car.


The very nature of some of the products we sell mean that eliminating all plastics is always going to be a difficult task however we are constantly assessing alternatives and implementing change wherever possible

We have eliminated plastic bags at the checkout and around the shop for our loose products where the nature of the product allows

We have a pot recycling facility where our customers are encouraged to recycle their pots to be re-used again and made into new things including house signs which we selling the shop.

On our nursery we use taupe pots wherever possible.  These are recyclable in certain council household recycling schemes.

Our nursery recycles all of its plastic pots and trays.

All waste soft plastics and polystyrene are recycled.

Rainwater Harvesting

We collect the rainwater from the roof of our greenhouses and barn to use to irrigate the plants on our nursery.

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Policy

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a non-government, non-profit organisation that promotes the responsible management of the world’s forests.

FSC labelled products are made with consideration for people, wildlife and the environment and provide ongoing business value.

The FSC label guarantees that the forest products that are harvested are replaced or are allowed to generate naturally.

FSC protects the right of indigenous people to use the forest. The forest owners must use local workers to run the forest. They must provide them with training, safety equipment and a reasonable salary.

FSC give the assurance that future generations will be able to enjoy the beauty and benefits of the forest.

Groves Nurseries will endeavour to;

  • Provide information to our customers on the benefits of purchasing FSC accredited products.
  • To actively work toward stocking only wood products that have the FSC accreditation.
  • Ensure that every product purchased from us that bears the FSC logo has been produced according to FSC standards.

Recycling in Ivy House

Our kitchens recycle all of the plastic and paper as well as the oil that we cook with, and any glass generated by our kitchen.  All waste food is taken away to be used in biodigesters and our coffee grounds are given away to customers.

Local Sourcing

We purchase from many businesses in the surrounding area of Bridport and try to buy local whenever possible

Here are a few of our local suppliers...

  • 3 Hours West
  • Bridport Building Supplies
  • AJ Supplies
  • Footeprints
  • West Dorset Waste
  • Huck Nets
  • Rhubarb Candle Co
  • Dorset Spice Shed
  • Futures Dog Food
  • Dorwest Herbs
  • West Dorset Bee Keepers
  • Philips Gravel Merchants
  • Robs Logs
  • Moores Biscuits
  • Bridport Banners
  • Creative Solutions
  • Bloomin’ Amazing
  • Country Care Products
  • Palmers Brewery
  • Nick Parker Woodman
  • Dorset Charcoal Company
  • West Milton Cider
  • West Dorset Bee Keepers

Most of the food that we prepare and sell in our Ivy House Kitchen is purchased from local suppliers. For example we rely on regular deliveries from

  • Charmouth Bakery
  • Furleigh Estate
  • Baboo Gelato
  • Dorset Tea, Ford Farm
  • Moores Biscuits
  • Woodbridge Farm
  • Dorset Blue Vinny
  • Dorset Nectar Cider

and many more, all located within a 30 mile radius of our restaurant.

Where possible, our catering teams at all three of our sites will always look to local suppliers first. Additionally, we grow all of our bedding plants and most of our seasonal plants on site, and of the plants that we do not grow on site, the majority are bought from trusted U.K-based suppliers. These measures not only effectively reduce our potential carbon footprint, but also actively promote and support British businesses.


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