COP26

Benholm Group have been awarded official plant supplier for COP26 Glasgow

What is COP26?

COP26 is the world’s most significant summit on climate change and in 2021 it’s being hosted in the UK. COP is an annual event where world leaders come together to agree a collective action plan and set targets that can be enforced fairly, in the global fight against climate change. COP stands for Conference of the Parties.

In 1995 the first COP was held in Berlin and since then the urgency for action against climate change continues to grow in importance.

At COP21 196 countries agreed on the Paris Agreement an international treaty with the goal to keep global temperature rises to well below 2 degrees and make every effort to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees. The rules have yet to be finalised and COP26 will allow countries to complete this treaty.

COP26 will be the biggest summit the UK has ever hosted and it has been described as the most significant climate change summit of all time.

Find out more about the conference here: https://ukcop26.org/ 

When is COP26?

COP26 is coming to Glasgow from 31st October until 12th November.

The conference will be held at The Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow, G3 8YW. The SEC has won the Gold Green Tourism Award and is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its operations.

What are Benholm Group involved in at COP26?

Benholm Group are honoured to be awarded the official plant supplier at COP26.

At Benholm we design, create and install living walls, plants and flowers for sectors including corporate, hospitality and interior design across Scotland and the UK. We also thrive on the creativity required to bring events to life and we’ll be using plants and flowers to bring a fresh look and a lush focal point to The Scottish Event Campus for COP26.

Many of our plants that we’ll have at COP26 will be planted using our own-brand, peat-free, eco-friendly Enviroculture planting system designed and installed by Benholm to add some vibrant greenery in and around the conference. 

We’re delighted to have designed and installed unforgettable plant and floral displays for some of the biggest brands in the world including Grey Goose, Bombay Sapphire and Jack Daniels. Our build team are experts in large scale event décor. From major sporting events, annual occasions and conferences to graduation ceremonies and trade shows, we help customers amp up their events when they really needed it and this is what we’ll be doing at COP26.

What is Enviroculture?

Enviroculture by Benholm is a peat-free, sustainable, planting system which directly contributes towards the protection of our natural peatlands. By using Enviroculture we are demonstrating a responsible attitude towards the protection of our planet. Our living green walls can be planted using our Enviroculture. The system does not require soil or compost for the plants to grow and is therefore totally soil-free as well as peat-free. It’s a very clean system, free from soil-borne pest and bacteria, and has a positive effect on the environment. Benholm have been working with Green Tourism to promote Enviroculture to venues that are Green Tourism accredited.

Launch of the electic Mini at Goodwood Festival where a green wall of artificial foliage creates a stunning event stand
Benholm are the obvious choice for COP26

COP26 is being hosted very close to our Benholm Group Head Office which is in Melons Place in Falkirk. We’re only 33 miles away from the COP26 event venue The Scottish Event Campus. The Benholm Head Office is nestled in a beautiful rural location. The premises embrace the local architectural style and utilise a range of eco-friendly initiatives – from biomass boiler heating to rainwater harvesting. It really is the perfect setting for us to work to create a brighter and more sustainable future.

Supporting COP26 shows that we are extremely invested in the success of the conference and its outcomes. Benholm are committed to tackling climate change and caring for the environment. We’ve got the Environmental Management System (EMS) Certification ISO 14001. Certification to ISO 14001 demonstrates that our organisation is proactively working to minimise its impact on the environment.

Benholm Group were very proud to have been a part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games which was a huge event, we provided a range of bespoke and engaging displays to enhance the Athletes Village. The Glasgow 2014 committee tasked us with the design, creation and installation of a large number of displays throughout the village. Benholm Group are able to cope with large scale events. For more information please have a look at https://www.benholm.com/commonwealth-games/

COP26 is a very important global stage for Benholm Group to show how what we do as a company helps to provide cleaner air, health and well-being benefits and boosts mood and productivity through plants.

As the official plant supplier at COP26 we will be providing:

  • Planting and flowers for the stands
  • Plating for the grounds, common areas and stage backdrops
  • Creating a lush green environment where climate discussion can be productive and meaningful
  • Fresh flowers and greenery to honourable guests and speakers

During the COP26 event we’ll have a team member from Benholm Group on site the whole time to ensure all displays are kept in fresh condition.

We can offer:

  • Living walls
  • Plants
  • Trough planting
  • Tabletop displays
  • Trailing or hanging foliage
  • Fresh flowers
  • Selfie walls

Benholm Group are also involved in many related events in other venues in the area and we will be helping Scotland’s hotels to ‘green-up’ for welcoming guests.

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