I set up Slimbridge Wetland Plants in 2000 as a sole trader, growing and supplying native wetland plants for the landscaping industry. Quite soon I realised that there was a wider need for our landscaping services and that’s the direction the company took, developing a specialism in wetlands and ecological landscaping.
Over the years, we have grown a strong client base which continues to expand and we are often working with ecologists and developers who need mitigation works on development sites where there are protected species.
My own passion is for water and wetlands and the company is often called on for our expertise in erosion control and specialist water treatment works using reedbeds.
Slimbridge Wetland Plants became a limited company, trading as JPR Environmental in 2002. We have come a long way from our first sale of 2 reed plugs (£2, no VAT, from memory) and have weathered (literally) everything that gets thrown at landscapers from equipment failures to extreme weather plus the usual business challenges of economic slow-downs and changes in legislation.
Little did we or anyone else think that 2020 would present one of the biggest challenges in the shape of a global pandemic and we feel blessed that we have been able to carry on working and, in fact, grow our business during this time. My heart goes out to anyone affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, whether on a personal level or through a business that has felt the impact of lockdown.
We would be nowhere without our team, both past and present, and it is a pleasure to work with them. They have a wide range of skills and are prepared to get up early (sometimes very early) and come home late when it’s necessary to complete a project and, of course, go out in literally any weather. Floods and temperatures below minus 10 might give us pause but little else on the weather front does.
Over the next 12 months, we will be revisiting projects and clients from the past 21 years – do keep checking back in for the latest update.