We care deeply about the world we live in and are committed to being a business with a positive environmental and social impact. We are taking steps across all areas of our business to reduce our carbon footprint.
We were delighted to win The Community Champion of the Year Award in the Scottish Land and Estates Helping it Happen Awards 2020 for South East Scotland. We are a finalist in the Iver Salvesen Award for Combatting Climate Change 2021 – the winner will be announced at the end of October.
Our One Planet Pledge
- Fuel Offsetting – We contribute 2p per litre of diesel used by our vehicles and machinery towards carbon offsetting projects
- Tree Planting – We plant a tree for every bulk bag of firewood sold
- Giving back – From beach cleans and charity fundraisers to donating compost to local schools, we pledge to continue giving back to the local community and providing educational opportunities to benefit both future generations and the environment
This year to date we have planted and given away over 1400 trees in our local community including establishing a new 4 acre woodland called Twa Burns Wood at Drylawhill, East Linton. We are in the planning stage for 2 further woodlands - the first to create a new woodland on a 20 acre site near Rigside, Lanark and the other as part of restorative woodland project on a 100 acre site near Whitburn.
Over the last year we have organised a number of beach cleans, the key one being The Big Beach Clean - a 3 day event covering the entire coastline from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Edinburgh. We had over 60 different community and family groups out cleaning our coast between World Environment Day (5th June) and World Ocean Day (8th June) which was a huge success. We hope to build on this for next year and expand our clean even further up the Scottish Coast. To be kept up to date please join 'The Scottish Coastal Clean Up' Facebook Group.
As part of our contracts with East Lothian, Midlothian and Edinburgh Council, we committed to donate up to 100t of compost per year to local schools and charities. We also provide all the soil, compost and seed potatoes for the RHET Lothian School Potato Growing Project. If you represent a community or educational based organisation and would like some of the compost available please contact your local council waste and recycling department.