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

September 22, 2021

6th Annual Rick Paton Memorial Fishing Match

The kettle boiled for the second time in the leafy camp site, steam rising also from the cast iron crock pot of more than 3 dozen rustic piping hot Lincolnshire sausages… It seemed only right to avoid glances across at the piglet pen at this point. 10 rowdy Redleg rednecks turned up earlier than expected, […]

September 9, 2021

Gelder Lake Restocked with Fish

500 more fish have now been added to the lake at the Head Office site in Sturton by Stow. The fish consist of Crucian Carp, Mirror Carp and Common Carp. The lake will now welcome fishers to the annual Rick Paton Memorial Fishing Competition held on Sunday 12th September. This competition includes special prizes for […]

Wild in the Woods

August 9, 2021

Record Numbers of Children attending ‘Wild in the Woods’ courses at Gelder Environmental Park

Up to 100 children a week are now connecting with nature on ‘Wild in the Woods’ courses at Gelder Groups 17 acre environmental park. Sessions cover skills such as den building, cooking on a campfire, mini raft building on our lake, bird watching, pond dipping, art and much, much more. For further information on ‘Wild […]

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