Environment Matters

Everything we do in our gardens has an impact on the environment. With a large nursery and over 5,000 plant varieties to care for, we at Crocus have to be particularly conscious of our actions.

Crocus Nursery

Whilst we’ve changed,
we know we can do better

Over the last few years, we’ve been implementing changes to make our business as sustainable as possible. We know have further to go, but we’re excited to share with you the improvements we’ve made so far.

Welcome to our Nursery

Discover the changes we’ve made to become more sustainable

Your order unwrapped

Your order, unwrapped

We’re making significant changes to ensure you can recycle as much of your order as possible. So what can be recycled?

Your order, unwrapped

We’re making significant changes to ensure you can recycle as much of your order as possible. So what can be recycled?

Your order, unwrapped
  • 90%

    90% of our cardboard and paper packaging is made from recycled material, and is recyclable.

  • 100%

    We only use recyclable plastic sheets, blister packs and bags in our packaging of plants.

  • 2025

    We are working with our suppliers to reduce the use of non recyclable plastic pots in our supply chain by 2025.

Our pot recycling scheme

Our pot recycling scheme

For plants we grow in our propagation unit, we only use recyclable taupe pots. Just look out for ones pictured here in your order.

For all other non recyclable pots, we’ve launched our own pot recycling scheme. Simply pop in to our Dorney Court location and we’ll take them off your hands.

Our Propagation Unit

Any plants we grow ourselves are grown by our propagation team. By growing more of our plants, we can reduce the carbon footprint of each order. It will also give us new opportunities to grow a wider and more diverse range of plants.

Our Policies

What next?

Whilst we’re proud of the changes we’ve made, we know there is still a lot more to do. However, by being completely transparent with our customers, we hope you’ll hold us accountable and continue to be proud of your Crocus plants.

Click on a to read more about our commitments to change

Plastic

We will significantly reduce the amount of non recyclable plastic pots within our supply chain by 2025.

Peat

We will remove all packaged compost from our offering that is not peat free in 2022.

Peat

By 2025 we will have eliminated the use of peat in our own grown plants.

Pesticides

We will eliminate the use of all neonicotinoids on our nursery in 2021. ✔

Pesticides

By the end of 2021 we will remove all products that contain Glyphosate.

Biodiversity

In 2022 we will achieve Plant Healthy, a standard for plant health excellence.

Carbon footprint

Store sufficient rainwater to supply 100% of our water needs by the end of 2021.

Carbon footprint

By January 2022, all of our cardboard boxes will be FSC certified. Currently, 95% are.

Carbon footprint

75% of our energy comes from renewable sources, by 2023 this will be 100%.

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Charities we support

The National Garden Scheme

The National Garden Scheme raises funds for community nurses through admissions to private gardens and has given away over £60 million to nursing and health charities. Our director, Peter Clay, has opened his garden as part of the scheme.

Project Giving Back

The Therapy Garden is a horticulture and education charity that uses gardening to generate positive change. With a beautiful garden located near our nursery, this charity aims to use the healing power of horticulture to connect with vulnerable members of our community.