London Stone paves the way to carbon neutrality in landscaping
London Stone says it is the first hard landscaping product supplier to announce it has become carbon neutral.
It has achieved the status without any price rises, as it says it is fully aware of the need to support its customers during the current cost of living crisis.
London Stone has six showrooms and three partner showrooms across the UK, with three new showrooms opening soon in Bristol, Hampshire and Manchester. It offers free nationwide delivery, exclusive discounts and benefits for trade customers and a state-of-the-art e-commerce platform for quick-and-easy online ordering.
The move to carbon neutrality at London Stone followed COP26 in Scotland in 2021. The London Stone Directors, brothers Steven, Duncan and Gavin Walley, who founded the company 15 years ago, decided not only to commit to reducing their own carbon emissions but to use their influence to pave the way for others in landscaping to follow them.
Managing Director Steven Walley says: “We’d be failing, though, if the carbon neutral commitment was just about us. Feedback from our customers tells us that we’re not alone in wanting to tread more lightly on our planet. They, too, want to commit to tackling our climate crisis but often don’t know how or where to start. We will help with this.
“We will be releasing information on how we can help raise environmental standards for landscapers, designers and other suppliers across the industry and will publish a series of blogs that explain our carbon neutral journey.”
London Stone will be working with several industry peers, personalities and organisations to help encourage more carbon reducing practices. Industry heavyweight and ‘King of Chelsea’, Landform Consultants' Mark Gregory, is London Stone’s first Green Ambassador. Mark is well known, not only for his award-winning gardens like the Savills Garden at Chelsea Flower Show this year, but also as a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Landscape Ambassador and holder of the RHS Associate Medal of Honour.
Gavin Walley is Fulfilment Director at London Stone. He has headed London Stone’s move to ‘Net Zero’, taking various courses to understand how greenhouse gas emissions are quantified, verified and reported.
London Stone has worked with Carbon Footprint Ltd to achieve carbon neutrality. It has reduced its own carbon emissions but cannot control those from freight and haulage, for example, which it is offsetting by supporting carbon reducing projects in India, where it is already involved in ethical sourcing programmes related to the Indian stone it imports.