Ensuring a safe, legal, and ethical workplace
Poplar Farm Flowers has always been concerned with producing flowers with as little environmental impact as possible.
The days of using oil as the primary energy source for heating glasshouses have long gone, replaced by efficient wood boilers using wood pellets produced from sustainable and renewable forests.
The old-time reliance on peat is a thing of the past too. These days all the tulips are grown hydroponically as we harvest roof water from all our buildings and recycle and reuse as much as possible. Although a small quantity of peat is still used for other crops, recent trials with coir as a growing substrate, gains us a significant step forward in our quest to be 100% peat free.
In terms of quality assurance, both our nursery and packhouse have been audited against the BOPP (British Ornamental Plant Producers – newly renamed Ornamental Horticulture Assurance Scheme) standards since 2004, and we use the SEDEX platform to exchange information and best practice, especially concerning our staff, using the Ethical Trading Initiative to guarantee to our customers that our staff are employed in a safe, legal, and ethical manner with their welfare being our highest priority.