Delhaize Belgium trials “urban farm” on its store’s rooftop

Delhaize Belgium trials “urban farm” on its store’s rooftop

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2017-Oct-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Belgium is testing an innovative “urban farm” on the roof of one of its stores in the Brussels area. The farm, consisting of a garden and a greenhouse, will allow Delhaize customers to buy freshly picked vegetables that are grown exclusively on-site. The brand is the first supermarket in Belgium to grow vegetables atop one of its stores, highlighting Delhaize’s long-term commitment to provide local, sustainable products while lowering CO2 emissions from less distribution.

For 2017, Delhaize is growing five kinds of lettuce – including baby leaf and watercress – with 5,200 plants by the end of the season. Next year, additional types of vegetables will be available, such as tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini.

Several Delhaize teams spent a year creating the 360-square-meter farm in collaboration with gardeners and other business partners. Located at the Boondael store in the municipality of Elsene, it will be operated by a company that specializes in vegetable gardens.

Delhaize, which plans to open rooftop farms at more stores if the test in Elsene goes well, announced the project during a ceremony on October 18 that included Céline Fremault, Brussels Minister for Environment and Energy. “Developing a healthy and high-quality nutritional pattern … is one of the challenges of the Brussels region,” Minister Fremault said. “This first city farm of Delhaize is therefore an excellent initiative, which fully fits into one of Brussels’ ambitions: to increase local production.”

The farm will also serve as an educational program with workshops for schools and other groups beginning in 2018.

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SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

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Sainsbury’s beekeeper Robin Dean pulled together some top bee tips to get your garden in shape for bee-autiful visitors

LONDON, 2015-4-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The sun is out, wildlife is waking up and to celebrate National Gardening Week we’ve pulled together some top bee tips to get your garden in shape for bee-autiful visitors.

1. Build a bee hotel

Building a bee hotel couldn’t bee easier using this simple guide

Build a bee hotel

 

2. Or…. Buy a Bee Hotel

If you’re not the creative type but you’re still keen to create some vacancies buying a bee hotel is a great alternative.

A top tip when buying or building a bee hotel is to check that the tubes are all 10mm or less to make sure it’s suitable for your guests- generally UK bees won’t house themselves in anything with tubes over 10mm.

3. Locate your bee hotel

Remember to locate you bee hotel in an area which faces south and with clear access to the openings.

Make sure your bee hotel is against something like a wall or a fence. Don’t hang your bee hotel using rope or string where it may be able to swing or rotate.

4. Plant a Bee Café

To really create the ultimate b&b accommodation a bee café is a must have. A bee café is essentially an area of plants which are high nectar and pollen yielding, these can be in pots, in the ground or hanging baskets.

Great plants to include in your café are:

  • Aromatic herbs such as lavender, thyme, rosemary and sage
  • Chives and other alliums
  • Poppy, crocus, cornflower, borage, alkanet, viper’s bugloss and bird’s foot trefoil
  • Knapweed, phacelia and various types of clover.

For more on seasonal plants which are ‘Perfect for Pollinators’ check out the RHS wesbite

When planting your café try to keep your plants close together in groups- this makes it easier for bee’s to spot and helps conserve their energy as they can collect lots of nectar and pollen (and pollinate) a number plants in one place.

 

5. Recreate your lawn

Replacing your lawn with a grass free flower mix can be a great way to help the wildlife in your garden. Research conducted by Reading University has indicated that grass free lawns can support up to ten times as many visits from twice as many pollinator species as wildflower turf.

Garden maintenance is also reduced as mowing is cut by up to two thirds- perfect!

For more information on grass free lawns and the research behind it please visit: www.grassfreelawns.co.uk

 

6. Or… Mow your lawn sparingly

Ideally mow you lawn less often and remove the cuttings in order to allow plants to flower for the longest period and provide the most pollination opportunities.

7. Plant a Wildlife Hedgerow

Planting a hedgerow will really help give you the ‘edge’ in your bee garden.  A flowering hedgerow in particular serves a dual purpose in giving you garden privacy as well as providing pollen and nectar for your buzzin’ friends.

For more information on which shrubs to plant in your hedgerows check out this great website: www.buzzaboutbees.net/plants-to-attract-bees

8. Monitor use of chemical herbicides and pesticides

Chemical herbicides and pesticides could have a significant impact on beneficial insects in your garden.  Apply only as a last resort, and use strictly in accordance with the label instructions.  If you do need to use any of these products, check for Bee Friendly on the label.

9. Identify your visitors

Identifying the species of bees in your garden is a great idea- not only is it interesting to know the species you’re giving homes to but supplying the data to projects such as The Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society will provide them will valuable data on bee populations.  BWARS members are also great at helping you to identify your buzzy little friends.

 

Robin Dean is a bee expert and Sainsbury’s beekeeper. He maintains Sainsbury’s bee hotels across the country and looks to help the supermarket boost the dwindling numbers of solitary bees in the UK.

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Sainsbury's beekeeper Robin Dean pulled together some top bee tips to get your garden in shape for bee-autiful visitors

Sainsbury’s beekeeper Robin Dean pulled together some top bee tips to get your garden in shape for bee-autiful visitors

Summer Shoe and Fashion Deals Acquired by DiscountVouchers.co.uk

Top bargain shopping deals website DiscountVouchers.co.uk has this week launched a new batch of acquired codes and vouchers aimed at letting UK consumers get new summer clothes and shoes on a budget from leading stores. The offers deals which can be redeemed at more than 300 top stores.

The DiscountVouchers.co.uk new choice of deals introduced this week features money-off deals at top high street shops like New Look. The latest New Look voucher codes let people get hold of deals like 20% off all items in the New Look Summer Shop and also 50% off all New Look menswear. The website is also offering 50% off shoes and boots.

More bargain deals are on show on the DiscountVouchers.co.uk website including a new choice of deals for popular fashion outlet Karen Millen. Featured online this week are Karen Millen deals such as 50% off in the Karen Millen sale plus also half price denim tailored trousers, down to £49 from £99.

More bargain deals acquired by DiscountVouchers.co.uk this week include money off deals for top designer shoe store Kurt Geiger. The DiscountVouchers.co.uk site presently offers deals including up to £41 off men’s’ shoes and as much as £61 off court shoes from Kurt Geiger.

Simon Terry, managing director of DiscountVouchers.co.uk, comments, “As the summer weather gets better and better we are able to help people enjoy big savings on top names thanks to out new deals acquired this week. Top name fashions for men and women and summer shoes are on show as well.”

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