Our Community & Environment

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.


Green Operations

  • We recycle plastic, cardboard, paper, polystyrene, metal, glass, printer and toner cartridges and food waste, and are actively working to reduce our waste collections

  • Our plants get two chances; first in the Garden Centre, second in our Thrifty Thursday Nursery Sale, before they are ploughed back into our fields where our cattle graze

  • We supply paper bags or cardboard boxes for customer use at the tills; or charge the 5p carrier bag fee for plastic bags, all of which goes to our Charity of the Year

  • We sell durable Stewarts jute bags, for use time and time again, as well as a range of handbag-friendly folding bags

  • We use water butts to collect rainwater on site, which is used to water plants in our Garden Centres

  • We have an area for customers to leave and take empty plant pots, those left behind are recycled

  • We use electric vehicles on our nursery

  • Every effort is made to reduce vehicle movements by efficient planning of rotas, deliveries and full use of modern communications systems

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

    Refill Dorset free tap water available at Stewarts Garden Centres

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


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

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

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

  • 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

  • We endeavour to source furniture with FSC accreditation or from sources with environmental accreditationsNew Forest Marque local suppliers dorset hampshire

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

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

  • We sell reusable travel mugs and offer a free hot drink from our Coffee Shops with the purchase of each one!



  • 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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