The Environment

Understanding our environmental impact Searching for ways to give back
Simon Blaydes - Gelder Group Environmental Officer

Simon Blaydes – Gelder Group Environmental Officer.

At the Gelder Group, we understand the impact we have on the environment and we’re taking positive steps to reduce it. In the summer of 2008, we hired a dedicated ‘Environmental Officer’ to manage all the environmental impacts of the Group’s activities and search for ways to mitigate these. The Environmental Officer is also responsible for ensuring we comply with all relevant legislation.

Gelder Group Environmental Project

The pride of our Head Office complex is our environmental reserve. The reserve was created from 13 acres of poor quality ex-agricultural land and has been extensively redeveloped to provide a haven for wildlife and native habitats.

Native Woodland

Native woodland at Gelder head office.

Native woodland habitat at Gelder Group HQ.

In December of 2008, we planted over 3200 native deciduous trees at our head office environmental park. The creation of the woodland was partly funded by the Forestry Commission’s ‘English Woodland Creation Grant’ scheme and is expected to offset a total of around 80 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Our woodland contains a diverse range of species, including Ash, Alder, Field Maple, Hazel, Hawthorn, Hornbeam, Oak, Poplar, Silver Birch, Wild Cherry and White Willow.

The Gelder Lake

Fishing at the Gelder lake, a popular pastime with Gelder Group staff.

Fishing at the Gelder lake, a popular pastime with Gelder staff.

The second major feature of the reserve is an artificially created 1 acre lake. The lake has extensive reed beds and they provide habitat for birds, insects and small mammals. The lake is stocked with a variety of freshwater fish, including Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp, Tench, Gudgeon, Rudd, Siver Orfe, Golden Orfe, Chub, Roach and Common Bream.

The lake also provides for recreational activities, including staff fishing competitions.

Owl and Raptor Tower

Situated in the heart of our native woodland sits our Owl and Raptor house. For the past 5 seasons, the tower has been home to families of Barn Owls and Kestrels. To date (2016), the tower has seen the hatching of 15 Barn Owls and 26 Kestrels. The success of the tower is attributed to its ideal location.

Each season, a local registered bird ringer attends the site to ring the chicks and record their vitals.

Honey Bees

Honey bees, nature's pollinators.

Honey bees, nature’s pollinators.

Honey bees are disappearing globally at an alarming rate due to pesticides, parasites, disease and habitat loss. At Gelder Group, we’re aware of the bee’s importance to the environment and humanity, so we collaborated with the Lincolnshire Beekeepers Association to bring a trial hive of 30,000 European Dark Bees to our environmental park.

The trial hive was a huge success and started producing honey immediately. 7 more hives of 30,000 bees have now been introduced and the project is buzzing! All honey from the hives is packaged as “Gelder Gold” and sold to staff and customers from our Head Office. All proceeds from the sales are donated to charity.

Arrange a visit

If you’re interested to find out more and you’d like to arranging a visit to our Environment Park, please complete the form. Your enquiry will be passed to our Environmental Officer who will be happy to help coordinate your visit.

When you visit, please remember to bring suitable footwear and:

Take nothing but pictures,
leave nothing but footprints,
kill nothing but time.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank You!

Thank you for contacting us. Your message will be read by a member of our team and we'll be in touch soon. We look forward to seeing you and showing you around our environment park.

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During lockdown, we’ve noticed an uptake in visitors getting their daily exercise walking around our environmental park, which is open to the public. Many have expressed their appreciation and a few have even sent us photos for use on our community intranet page in line with our 2020 Vision of ‘Building Strong Communities’, which is […]

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