Being a high user of vehicles, generally in an urban environment, Continental Landscapes has an active policy of transport review to ensure the most sustainable approach is taken wherever possible to our transport operations. We are positive advocates of car sharing as an excellent way to approach sustainable mobility, avoiding waste of fuel and emission release, while contributing to the overall reduction of heavy traffic. We support the uptake of such good practice both at our Head Office and company-wide, where the proximity among employees’ dwellings facilitates the sharing of commuting routes. Our promotion of the Cycle2Work scheme also contributes to our endeavor, offering employees the opportunity to hire-purchase a bike at competitive prices for commuting to work. As well as reducing our indirect carbon emissions the scheme also promotes healthy living. We advocate the use of on-line conference systems wherever there is not a real need for attendees of meetings or training sessions to be in one physical place. Not only does this practice reduce our carbon footprint, there is a significant reduction in management hours lost to driving.
We strive to reduce the hazards and risks associated with pesticide use, and look to reduce the variety and type of pesticides we use.We promote an integrated approach to the control of weeds within planted areas, combining cultural methods including manual cultivation and the use of mulches and soil barriers. Following site-based trials, we offer the latest non-chemical weed control methods for hard surfaces including hot foam and hot water, and other heat-based treatments. For all weed control operations we undertake site-specific risk assessment and a product options evaluation to ensure that all local considerations, including drainage, watercourses, surface type, statutory designations and available resources, are matched with the most appropriate method of control or combinations thereof.