The Mayfield Group is a leading PVC decking company that has been a part of the Leisure industry for more than 33 years.
They design, manufacture and install decking across the UK. What sets them apart though is their commitment to sustainability across the business. We wanted to learn more, so Dan Ellacott met with Martin Emery, Sales and Marketing Director, at their head office in Poole to learn more about the company, their products and services and their commitment to the environmental impact of everything they do.
DE:Martin, firstly I need to know – does your MD really cycle to work?
Yes he does! Mike’s commitment to sustainability runs through everything at Mayfield and this includes his commute to work!
In fact, I walk to work along with many others and sometimes get overtaken by colleagues on their E bikes and Skateboards!
DE:Tell us a bit about The Mayfield Group…
The Mayfield Group is a family-run business established for more than 33 years and we design, manufacture and install decking to holiday homes and lodges on holiday and residential parks across the UK. We install anything from a simple set of steps to wrap around decking, and even split-level examples with outdoor kitchens!
As we continue to grow, we haven’t forgotten our humble beginning or the values that have guided us through some challenging times – teamwork, mindfulness, and growth.
DE:What are your deck boards made of?
Our Hampton deck boards are made of PVC with a colour-fast acrylic cap which also provides an anti-slip surface. That is why they carry a 12-year warranty. All our profiles are made from mainly recycled raw materials during the manufacturing process. We have found that using recycled materials does not affect the quality in anyway and they carry the same structural benefits as using virgin materials. We use recycled materials in our products as a conscious measure to improve our environment as we value the world we live in.
DE:What about the sub-frames?
We traditionally use FSC timber to form the subframes on our decks as it is a sustainable material sourced from well-managed forests. However, whilst using timber has become the accepted practice for making subframes, we have been working very hard over the last 2 years to develop an aluminium solution which we intend to launch this summer. It’s fair to say we are very excited about this development as we believe it marks the future in Decking.
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While the timber that we use is sustainably sourced, we are also making an active effort to reduce the amount of timber used in Mayfield decks. Our latest innovation is the new Legacy range of aluminium components which we use to build the substructure. These have a longer lifespan than their timber alternative, and they will never rust unlike steel sub-frames, they also have an excellent strength to weight ratio. The fact that they are already made from recycled aluminium and can be recycled again at the end of their considerable life, for us closes the loop on recycling. No more landfill.
To make it easier for our customers to choose and to underscore our commitment, we have partnered with More:Trees who will plant 3 trees for every deck ordered with an Aluminium Sub frame.
DE:You guys seem pretty focused on the impact of the company and your products on the environment – what else can you tell us about that?
We’re a 100% solar powered building! We have switched to renewable sources of energy to power our factory and offices here in Poole. The installation of solar panels was simple and surprisingly affordable and provides enough energy to run the entire site as well as E-Charging stations for our EV fleet, Electric fork-lift truck and occasional skateboard!
At Mayfield we’re passionate about our carbon footprint. We’ve been hard at work developing a process we call the 3 R’s to ensure we are doing our upmost to be an environmentally responsible manufacturer.
Recycle We select products that are manufactured using recycled materials and at the end of their life can be easily recycled again. This includes all of our material waste and off-cuts.
Reduce We are reducing our global impact with our Net Zero factory and replacing timber sub fames with aluminium which reduces our annual consumption of Timber. Recycling aluminium uses 95% less energy than virgin.
Responsible We manage our products from start to finish and take steps to reduce our impact. This means reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and switching to technology such as solar power.
We are also passionate about wildlife conservation and protecting our beautiful local beaches, countryside and environment. We work closely with several national and international charities to support environmental causes such as the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Surfers Against Sewage, More: Trees Foundation and hold corporate membership of the Butterfly Conservation