|Since January 2019
Company Directors have extra Environmental
Landscapes we can help you meet your environmental responsibilities and ensure
your business gains key benefits by dove-tailing your environmental
responsibilities so that it works for you from the ground upwards!
We take a FRESH APPROACH so
you can really begin utilising your company's NATURAL CAPITAL!
We start with a
FREE assessment of your site
- poorly maintained sites can
actually cost your business more, whilst devaluing your property. Typically "lowest cost"
"cut the grass" approaches leads to
things looking tired, under utilised & neglected....
Since January 2019 many directors have a legal requirement
to report on the impact of their company's operations on their environment in
their Strategic Reports and publish this on their web site.
environmental natural capital may well be one of the 1st things visitors see
both onsite and online, reflecting on you and your business!
company's Natural Capital -
REASONS to start with your grounds
1. Better managed surroundings CAN SAVE
|Good site maintenance prevents slips and falls in the workplace
or at home, safer paving, jet cleaning slippery moss, and the most cost
effective item - weed control reducing trip hazards. A fresh view is a
great way to see what's needed.|
|People prefer to live and work in pleasant green spaces - if you
business...it won't harm your recruitment and employee retention having a pleasant
green place to
meet, work or relax.|
|Professionally qualified operatives will also
save money, by organising work and hazard reduction. By correct
application (not over applying) treatments such as de-icing salts and weed
chemicals to prevent plant loss and reduce material costs.|
improves corporate image -
|Preventing accidents and insurance claims are a good
way to keep EXPENDITURE costs down but property
owners wanting to maintain or increase the value of their assets usually find
valuations increase, simply by "sprucing up" their surroundings.
When properties are professionally landscaped, they stand out from the crowd -
they become more attractive and saleable.|
|This aspect of corporate image is often given lip service or even
overlooked.... People prefer to shop in shopping centres with
high-quality planting and tree canopies, shopper will also stay longer if the
landscaping is pleasant, for example most restaurants or bars with a view will
be more attractive and popular than those in a basement or overlooking urban
concrete. It's no coincidence businesses set in pleasant
surroundings are often more successful. |
improves work conditions & reduces heat stress.
|Extreme heat is detrimental to productively, making
people tired, irritable and less motivated to work. Trees and lawns are cooler than
tarmac, concrete, even bare soil. Trees, flowers and lawns mitigate extremes
of temperature changes, creating cooler areas in summer.|
|Trees on the south and west sides of the
building can provide shade during the hottest times of day and lower your
building and offices temperatures. They also can reduce glare through the
4. Did you know?
Green spaces improve air and water
quality, and help off set carbon footprints.....good quality air is better for health, whether a roof garden or just a few
plants in tubs, they improve our environment inside and out, and are especially important in built up
A large tree can absorb around 10kg of carbon dioxide per year -
according to the Winrock calculator
1 hectare of
broadleaf woodland can absorb over 200 tons of C02 in 20 years!
and trees help capture dust and smoke, absorb
carbon dioxide, and producing life-giving oxygen. For businesses this
may already be an important
in your Environmental Policy, for large sites, helping to off set your carbon
footprint or vehicle emissions. |
simple way of helping protect native flora and fauna is to ensure continuity
of native vegetation. It's
interesting that one large tree can supply clean oxygen for at least 1
person for a whole year!
Most businesses could do more by ring fencing a small
annual budget for planting. When was the last time you planted a tree
or some much needed (by bees and insects) native daffodils or bluebells ?|
|Flooding causes immense damage and disruption.
How much would your insurance premium increase if you had such a
disaster? Often we can prevent flooding and disaster downtime by having well maintained drains, and
porous hard surfaces, and of course more planting!|
water catchments and buffers, reduce the flow pollutants and
sediments straight off harden surfaces such as roofs and car parks, to nearby bodies of water. Plants can
also help filter out
pollution from the water on its way to a sources of drinking water.
Planting along rivers also reduce erosion and flooding downstream.|
5. GREAT LANDSCAPES
CAN MAKE YOU MONEY!
|Your surroundings send many messages to your clients
and conveys your professionalism! Subtly
showing you "follow through" on details such as your bit to
safeguard the environment, and having a high regard for environmental can help
SHOWCASE YOUR APPROACH to
other similar ethical matters, may well help you land the big one!|
|Reduce air conditioning costs by planting more trees, flowers, grass around home and work areas can help,
making it a cooler, more pleasant to be inside or outside. Check out
what a 30% reduction in your conditioning costs could mean to your business!|
|Diverse habitats are important. What have you
done recently to encourage and support indigenous wild plants and fauna in
your landscape? As a business wouldn't this
be a great initiative to highlight in your environmental plan?|
|Financial savings could be substantial -
when was the last time you considered environmental initiates to recycle
water, or initiative to save or retain of rainfall?|
|Planting suitable ground cover reduces fuel consumption and reduce noise pollution
from lawn mowers etc..|
surroundings make you happier!
|There are plenty of studies highlighting physical and
psychological benefits.....simply seeing green plants is proven to reduce
stress and blood pressure! |
|Hospitals have realised the benefits of beautiful green surroundings
realising cost benefits such as reducing recovery times.|
|A great natural environment helps
relaxation, helping to improve concentration, motivation and focus. People
living or working in or near green report lower stress levels. |
|Having a pleasant place, to relax for a short time,
or help bring people together, encouraging ideas and co-operation.|
MAKE YOUR SURROUNDING
WORK AS HARD AS YOU DO...
By dove-tailing your environmental policy to your green spaces, you're helping
the environment, meeting your requirements under the new legal requirements and boosting your bottom line!
Email for more details
Call Country Landscapes on 01204 402222