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.

Wild in the Woods

Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.
Wild in the Woods in action at the Gelder Environmental Park.

Established in our environmental park in 2019 ‘Wild in the Woods’ has now had over 400 visitors to our park and developed areas of interest throughout the park for all ages to experience and learn about nature.

For more information about Wild in the Woods, follow the links below:

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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.

Latest News

Chickens

June 21, 2022

Environmental Park has 27 new residents

The Gelder group head office now has 27 new permanent residents moved in on Saturday, re-homed from the British Hen Welfare Trust the ex-battery hens have been given a new lease of life in our purpose build enclosure. The hens have already produced over 20 eggs since there arrival on Saturday.

lambs

June 18, 2022

Spring Lambs are now residents in the Environmental Park

Gelder Group are now housing 3 new residents, the Lambs, which have been kindly donated by our resident farmer Danielle. Danielle hand reared these lambs until they were old enough to move to their new permanent home in the Gelder Group environmental park. The lambs are now settled in to their new home and have […]

Fishing Comp

June 17, 2022

The Paton/Elsey Memorial Fishing Match

Huge Congratulations to Gally Watson who was kept very busy throughout the match, putting over 200 + fish together for an impressive match winning weight of 7lb 12oz. This success was made even more special as the match was won on Rick’s Peg, winning Gally a bottle of his choice on top of the prestigious […]

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