The climate change movement is an unstoppable force. With the global temperature rising, ice sheets shrinking, glaciers retreating, and sea levels rising – time’s up. We decided action was needed, and that’s why Pro Landscaper launched the ‘Green Up’ campaign in September, an initiative to help improve biodiversity within supermarket car parks.
Over the years we’ve noticed despite Tesco’s partnership with WWF, Aldi and M&S’ carbon neutrality, and Sainsbury’s becoming a Principal Supermarket Partner of COP26, there doesn’t seem to be the same regard for what’s on their doorstep.
Today, there are 103,000 public and private surface car parks across the country which comprise of a land area of 20,000ha. Of this, some 12,445 are owned by the private sector, and by 2023, the total value of the UK grocery sector is projected to grow 14.8% to £213bn.
In the Inspire Theatre at the FutureScape event in November, a seminar including panellists Howard Gray, Adam Dunnett, and Richard Burton explored why the campaign is needed, the key green solutions that can be implemented, and how you can lend your voice to the campaign.
Since the launch of the campaign, we’ve spoken to suppliers GreenBlue Urban, Hillier, and idverde too, to find out more about their thoughts, why they’re supporting ‘Green Up’, and what changes they would like to see in the near future (find the interviews here).
Further more, in our November issue we discussed why supermarkets should re-evaluate their landscape with key figures in the industry Dr. Duncan Slater, John Melmoe, and Marcus Watson. Click here to read the feature.
How can you help?
Our end goal is to see legislation that states supermarkets need to have a certain amount of greenery within their car parks. We’re asking supermarkets to get in touch and find out how they can transform and green up their car parks. Please help us initiate action by signing our petition calling for change – Click here to sign the petition.
How you can get involved
Pro Landscaper is calling on the public to share their own snaps of supermarket car parks using #Greenisthenewgrey to catch the attention of supermarkets and champion change. You can keep up to date with the campaign by following Pro Landscaper on all of its social channels @ProLandscaperUK.
Share your snaps using #greenisthenewgrey and tagging @ProLandscaperUK on Twitter or Instagram.
Email [email protected] your photos or experiences
Tell a colleague, friend or family member to do the same!