Punch partners with the Eden Project

Punch Pubs & Co has pledged to reduce its carbon footprint and support nature’s recovery.

Punch Pubs & Co has pledged to reduce its carbon footprint and support nature’s recovery by partnering with the Eden Project.

Based in Cornwall, the Eden Project has progressed from a national attraction to a movement that builds relationships between people and the natural world, demonstrating the power of working together for the benefit of all living things.   

As part of the collaboration, Punch is supporting a number of Eden initiatives which will increase local biodiversity across Punch’s estate by enhancing its pub gardens to create new habitats for wildlife and green spaces for communities to socialise.

Punch says it is also focused on indirectly mitigating its residual emissions to help them on their journey to Net Zero.

Partnership breakdown

The partnership encompasses three key pillars:

  • The Environment – Punch will participate in the National Wildflower Centre’s Biodiversity Scheme.
  • Greening Gardens – Eden will provide training, tools and materials to encourage pubs to become ‘Pollinator Pubs’, creating sensory and accessible garden areas for customers to enjoy while boosting biodiversity.
  • Community Hubs – working with Eden Project Communities programme, the partnership will centre on Eden’s flagship campaign The Big Lunch, which this year is an official part of the Coronation, as well as a range of social wellbeing ideas.

Pubs street party for coronation weekend
Pubs are already preparing for The Big Lunch

"We are delighted to have teamed up with the Eden Project, who can truly help us when it comes to the social wellbeing of our communities, local impact and environmental footprint alongside our wider sustainability credentials," says Clive Chesser, CEO of Punch Pubs & Co. "We are committed to Doing Well by Doing Good, and this new partnership is doing just that, using the power of the local and pub gardens to bring people together and boost biodiversity."

The partnership has begun in earnest, with a number of Punch’s pubs having already signed up for the Coronation Big Lunch (6-8 May), which is aimed at connecting people and communities while encouraging people to make positive change where they live.

"Our partnership with Punch Pubs & Co. is about exploring how we can collaborate to transform our understanding of the world," says Peter Stewart LVO, chief purpose officer at the Eden Project. "As a former publican, I know that pubs have long been a place where people have come together in our communities.

"We’re delighted to be working with Punch to explore how we bring more people together to make meaningful connection through our flagship campaign The Big Lunch and by creating community hubs that become accessible green spaces via our wildflower schemes in Punch locations. Together we’re exploring how by connecting people with each other and the natural world we can start to shape a better future."

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