Our Community & Environment

“As a significant employer in the locality we wish our staff to be proud to represent us in the community. Accordingly, we will at all times operate in an ethical and honest manner and encourage our staff to play an active and visible part in the local community. We are keen supporters of charitable causes and dedicated to improving our local environment. We actively source products and services from local businesses.” Extract from Dunscar’s Five Core Values

Service to the Community

Having been resident in Tarleton for nearly 60 years the Vickers family are ardent supporters of the local community. Both Eric and Margaret Vickers spent much of their working lives teaching in local schools and long after their retirement still give up their time to support the education of young people. Eric also spent several years as chairman of the local Parish Council and Margaret led the local Guide group. This community service ethic has been carried forward into their business and been taken up by the next generation. Over the past few years Dunscar has made donations large and small and raised thousands of pounds to support such causes as local schools, the Douglas Cardiac Trust, the North West Air Ambulance, Childwatch, Friends of All Saints Hesketh Bank, Macmillan Cancer Relief, the RNLI, the NSPCC, Derian House and Claire House Children’s Hospice.

From 2010 to 2012 our chosen charity was Queenscourt Hospice. Please click the following link for full details of this worthy cause - http://www.queenscourt.org.uk/

We have yet to finalise our choice of charity for 2013 and are thus still  open to approaches for support in fundraising.


Left to right: Supporting Derian House’s Remembrance Garden, Aiding Macmillan Cancer Relief’s World’s Greatest Coffee Morning and Father Christmas Arrives to support the Queenscourt Hospice Christmas Grotto



Could You Be a School Governor?

Both Hilary’s parents, Eric and Margaret Vickers, were teachers before taking over the running of Dunscar. To this day they continue to take a keen interest in education and involve themselves in helping young people make successes of their lives. This ethos has carried forward to the next generation and thus for the past few years the Company has been sponsoring the geography department of Penwortham Girls’ High School. Dunscar has also donated a trophy to the school to be awarded annually to the student with the best GCSE results in Geography. Last year the trophy was awarded to Rachel Wylie who achieved an A grade and is now studying AS Level Geography at college.

This connection was followed up last year when the school and board of governors asked our General Manager, Shaun, to become a community governor of the school and provide a business perspective to the management of the school. As well as serving on the main board of governors, Shaun is also a member of the Finance Committee. Shaun states that although the job can be quite time consuming if one is an active governor, it is very worthwhile and interesting. He recommends it to anyone willing to try to help young people get the best start in life. For more information on becoming a school governor visit: http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/atoz/a_to_z/service.asp?u_id=419

Supporting the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has been saving lives along the coast and waterways of Britain for over 180 years. Its history is full of stories of bravery, and even sacrifice, by the committed individuals that man the lifeboats and make the waters surrounding Britain safer. Being situated just a few miles from the sea, Dunscar and our customers are well aware of the enjoyment to be had from maritime hobbies, water sports or even a leisurely walk on the beach. However, the sea can be unpredictable and the invaluable role of the RNLI is to ensure our safety in the face of the sea’s changeable nature. With local RNLI stations at Morecambe, Fleetwood, Blackpool and Lytham St. Annes, the charity has a strong presence in our area and we are grateful for their dedication. Since its inception in 1824, the RNLI has operated as a charity that relies on donations from businesses and the public. Shaun Lewis, Dunscar’s General Manager, has served in the Navy and still enjoys sailing, so he is keen for the business to support the vital work of the charity.

To this end, the tips from the Garden Café are donated to the RNLI in appreciation of their important service and raising hundreds of pounds a year to support them.

Saving Lives Matters

For several years Shaun has been a volunteer Community First Responder for the North West Ambulance Service. Two years ago he also became a trustee of the Douglas Cardiac Trust. The Trust exists to serve the medical needs of the local villages and for many years has provided funding for the local first responder group. In order to improve the chances of surviving a heart attack yet further amongst their workforces, the Trust recently loaned two defibrillators to the two largest employers in the Tarleton area, Huntapac and Golden Acres. If you would be willing to be a volunteer first responder in your own community then visit www.nwas-responders.info or ring the ambulance service on 01772 903989.

Recycling Matters and Recycling Lives

As part of our commitment to the environment we have long been advocates of recycling. Throughout our history we have collected the rainwater from our greenhouse roofs and drains to store it for watering our plants. We recycle our compost and pots on the nursery and turn our cardboard packaging into trays for customers’ plant purchases. Our plastic carrier bags and boot liners are all bio-degradable and we recycle our printer ink cartridges for charity.

The 3 extensions built over the past 5 years have all been built to exceed the modern insulation standards and have low power lighting installed. Furthermore, the retail areas have all been fitted with Air Source Heat Pumps to improve energy efficiency. As part of a continuous improvement programme we have also taken recycling one stage further and to the benefit of a local charity too. All our waste is now sorted and only food waste is sent to landfill. In 2009 we purchased a compacting machine to compact and bale paper, cardboard and plastic for recycling. We also installed special skips for glass and scrap metal. As a result all this waste can now be recycled and we donate it to a local charity for the homeless, Recycling Lives. See www.recycling.org for details of this very worthy charity.

Supporting children’s sport

We are great believers in harnessing children’s abundant energy and focusing it into hobbies and activities.  Not only does this develop them mentally and physically but it encourages teamwork and respect for themselves and others and above all, keeps them off the streets and out of trouble.  To this end we have sponsored the junior teams of Tarleton Rugby Union Football Club and supplied them with a brand new kit.

For further details of Tarleton RUFC visit www.tarletonrugby.com