environmental policy

John Woods and the environment.

Plants make a very positive contribution to the improvement of the environment but we are always mindful that our production and delivery methods must not cancel out the very positive impact they make.

John Woods Nurseries operates an Environmental management system that complies with the requirements of ISO14001, which is an internationally recognised standard. It also operates a Quality management system that complies with the requirements of ISO 9001.

Both of these systems operate in unison to enable us to deliver a service, which is customer focused, but also manages and reduces whenever possible our environmental impacts.

Plastic - all recyclable plastic is separated, collected and packaged as appropriate for collection by the designated recycling contractors.

Water - rainfall from glasshouse roofs, sheds, and polythene tunnels is ducted into water storage reservoirs, along with run-off water from growing beds.

Green Waste - where appropriate green waste is shredded and composted for use as a soil ameliorant.

Cardboard- is separated from our waste stream to prevent it going to landfill.


WildlifeWe take action where necessary to reduce the impact of our activities on the local wildlife population, such as timing the trimming of living windbreaks to avoid upsetting nesting birds.
Areas around the nursery unsuitable for production are planted with appropriate trees and shrubs to create wildlife havens.

Lack of pollution

Chemicals - Wherever possible we use integrated pest management and our cultural practices take into account the preservation of the natural predator populations. This keeps pesticides use to a minimum. Where pesticides have to be used, spraying is only carried out by trained personnel following industry best practices.

Fertilisers - The use of controlled release fertilisers ensure nutrient run off is minimal. We continually monitor the electrical conductivity of the water run-off to ensure that the nutrient levels are well within environmental guidelines. The storage of run-off water in our reservoirs further reduces nutrient levels to below those set by the EC for drinking water.

Compost ‘Tea’ - a brewed mixture of compost is used to produce millions of beneficial bacteria which are applied over crops to create a biological protective barrier over the plants.

Garlic - A natural extract of garlic is applied to stimulate growth and vigour and boosts a plants natural resistance to pest and disease.

Neither of these is harmful to the environment or the operator and work by boosting the plants own natural abilities and giving the plant the strength to fight its own battles.

All of the peat that we use comes from sites that are not environmentally significant as far as can be ascertained by reasonable enquiry. John Woods has carried out trials into peat reduced and peat free alternatives for the last fifteen years and we now blend various wood products with peat to act as a ‘dilutor’ to achieve a suitable growing media for our plants.


Routes and loads are planned to reduce the need to travel as far as practicable.

Lorries are fitted with speed limiting devices, which both conserve fuel and reduce pollution, and also increase the working life of the vehicle, prolonging the need for replacement.

Our environmental management systems are constantly evolving as we look at ways to work more efficiently and in harmony with the environment and work towards nationally recognised standards such as ISO 14001. For a full copy of our latest environmental policy please contact us.

John Woods Nurseries & The Environment

Environmental Policy

Our environmental policy is constantly evolving as we look at ways to work more efficiently and in harmony with the environment. For a full copy of our latest environmental policy please contact us.