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YANA and Harrowden Turf support rural mental health

YANA and Harrowden Turf support rural mental health: Harrowden Turf is pleased to announce a new partnership with YANA – providers of rural mental health support. Early in 2021 a new Harrowden Turf delivery vehicle will feature YANA branding and will be seen across the country.

YANA provides practical guidance and confidential counselling to those in farming and rural businesses. Farming or working in the countryside is usually a good way of life but it can be a demanding and stressful occupation. Many people involved with agriculture can feel isolated, depressed or unable to cope.

YANA and Harrowden Turf support rural mental health

YANA and Harrowden Turf support rural mental health

One in five people in the UK will experience poor mental health so Harrowden Turf is working with YANA to emphasise that no-one who works in the rural economy is alone.

Harrowden Turf has adopted the YANA corporate identity one of its trucks which will cover more than 100,000 miles every year. The objective of the partnership is to make more people aware of the support that exists and which is focussed on the rural economy.

Stuart Ridd-Jones – Harrowden Turf Managing Director:

“If 2020 has taught us anything it is that we are stronger together and whilst all businesses have had to adapt to the pandemic those within rural businesses often work alone, can feel alone and struggle to access support services.”

Melinda Raker –YANA Patron:

“YANA is delighted to take to the road in this way. This Harrowden Turf vehicle with our logo and contact details will help to ‘drive’ home the message that there is practical help and advice available to improve rural mental health.”

For more information:

  1. Harrowden Turf and Turfonline Media Office please email marketing@harrowdenturf.co.uk or call 07980 568842

YANA – please email pr@yanahelp.org.uk or visit our website www.yanahelp.org.uk

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Harrowden offers ‘dropship’ service

Harrowden offers ‘dropship’ service: Harrowden Turf has launched its second new initiative to support the horticulture sector in as many weeks. “Let’s Build A Garden” was designed to encourage family-wide engagement in thinking about and making the most of a home’s outside space. 

The company also recognises that many traditional retailers in the sector have been adversely affected by coronavirus restrictions.  Harrowden Turf is looking to offer its “Dropship” or home delivery solution which enables retailers to continue to service customers via telephone or online orders which will be fulfilled directly by Harrowden Turf using its well-established no-contact direct to home delivery service.

Harrowden offers 'dropship' service

Harrowden offers ‘dropship’ service

Stuart Ridd-Jones – Managing Director

There is currently significant interest in home-improvement projects and with the improved recent weather the garden is no exception.  Harrowden Turf’s “Dropship” service gives retailers the ability to continue to sell turf and other landscape products without holding stock or otherwise being involved in fulfilling that order

“We have a well-established no-contact direct to home delivery service which can enable you to continue to provide ongoing service to your loyal customers whilst generating some much-needed revenue.  This is very straightforward to set up and administer.”

Whilst supporting retailers we would like to reassure you about ordering from Harrowden Turf during the COVID-19 outbreak. As a business, our priority above all, is to keep our people and customers safe. We are following the expert advice of the Government, Public Health England and World Health Organisation to make the necessary changes to our business to ensure everyone stays as healthy as possible.

Nearly all office staff are working remotely from home but the important work that can only be completed at our farms means that some staff are travelling to work as normal but we have adopted strict hygiene and social distancing protocols to protect both them and customers safety.

Our carefully selected delivery partners have introduced “no contact” delivery procedures in order to protect their drivers and our customers as much as possible.  We are currently able to operate a normal home delivery service.

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New Harrowden Turf initiative

New Harrowden Turf initiative: As Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are becoming more widespread and the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) have now upgraded this current outbreak to the status of pandemic, we are now having to think about how this affects all of us.

Let’s Build A Garden” is a social media and e-communications campaign initially aimed at our customers and followers but designed to encourage sharing of information and to engage with vulnerable groups, those with unexpected childminding responsibilities and those self-isolating because of covid-19.

Stuart Ridd-Jones, Managing Director:-

“Horticulture and gardening are “soul” activities and in these unprecedented times we are being encouraged to nurture mind, body and soul. “Let’s Build A Garden” will use social media platforms to provide step by step ideas, resources and “homework” to get these key groups and others starting a garden project. Each week a new step will be introduced – hopefully with ever-growing support.”

We have  also teamed up with the #keepcalmandgetreadytogarden initiated by Porters Fuchsias and #plantsmakepeoplehappy  to try to bring ideas together.

As well as utilising social media platforms “Let’s Build A Garden” will encourage people to send in plans, mood-boards, mind-maps, pictures and ideas to marketing@harrowdenturf.co.uk to be shared and used as inspiration for others.

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Harrowden Turf makes delivery easy

Harrowden Turf makes delivery easy: Businesses and customers buying from Harrowden Turf and its online brand – Turfonline – can now book their exact delivery location using the latest location mapping technology – “what3words”

No longer will they need to know the exact address or a postcode but by using  “what3words” both customer and business will know exactly where to deliver to the closest three metres.

Harrowden Turf has followed the emergency services, the RAC and hundreds of other businesses in adopting “what3words” as the definitive location finder.

Stuart Ridd-Jones – Harrowden Turf Managing Director:-

Turf deliveries can go anywhere – particularly when we are talking about new housing developments. Sometimes the roads are all new and obviously the houses are all new. Adopting “what3words” means much less confusion and much more clarity with delivery instructions

We think we are the first horticulture business to adopt this technology. It’s all about adding value for the customer and making our order process just a little simpler

Harrowden Turf and Turfonline make thousands of deliveries in a year and they all need to know where to go and sometimes that’s not so easy. How do you describe where you are when the road is brand new and the house is brand new? Or it’s a rural location with no clear signposts or landmarks?

“what3words” has divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and given each one a unique “what3words” address – made up of three words from the dictionary. Instead of having to give approximate descriptions of where their home or delivery location is Harrowden customers can now give Customer Service their exact “what3words” address or Harrowden Turf can give it to them so we’re all using the same information.

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