ISO audit success for Rolawn Ltd

ISO audit success for Rolawn Ltd

Following successful external surveillance audits, leading producer of turf and topsoil, Yorkshire-based Rolawn Group has maintained its certification for the ISO 9001 and 14001 schemes, first awarded to the business in 2017. This continuing certification demonstrates once again why Rolawn has been trusted by gardeners and horticulture professionals across the UK, since 1975.

Quality and Environmental

Ken Brewster, Rolawn’s Marketing Director, commented: “Ongoing review and refinement of products and processes has always been central to achieving the high standards that have become synonymous with Rolawn. This third-party verification that our quality and environmental systems meet the latest British and International standards provides added reassurance that our processes and systems meet the standards required to consistently provide high-quality products and services to meet customer needs.


Trust is especially relevant to the market given the findings of the topsoil mystery shop that we commissioned last year. The study highlighted an alarming disparity in quality standards across the topsoil market with almost 50% of the soils sampled found not to be suitable for use, failing to meet the British Standard for Topsoil (BS3882:2015) for a number of reasons – including, in one instance, elevated levels of a known carcinogenic chemical.”

Ken added, “Rolawn customers can rest assured that the two products from our own range that were tested were among those which were deemed suitable for use as topsoil in general-purpose landscaping schemes and residential gardens, and were free from contamination.”

9001 and 14001 Certification

ISO 9001 is the Quality Management System (QMS) Standard set by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), providing a framework for organisations to manage quality and continual improvement to meet both customer and regulatory requirements. ISO 14001 is the equivalent Environmental Management System (EMS) Standard which enables Rolawn to improve environmental performance in a structured way.

Interface NRM

To obtain initial certification, Rolawn had to implement quality and environmental management systems which were then externally audited to ensure their compliance with the ISO standards. To maintain certification, Rolawn has an internal ISO management team responsible for assessing and refining the systems, with regular external audits conducted by an independent UKAS accredited certification body, Interface NRM.

About Rolawn

Rolawn is the UK’s leading turf grower and supplier of Britain’s Finest Turf. In addition, Rolawn is renowned for its market-leading, high-quality topsoils and barks. Most recently the Rolawn Group has launched BioScapes, a new business offering a range of self-contained multiple biodiversity habitats for both residential and commercial environments.

The company is proud of its reputation for professionalism, reliability, and integrity, which, allied to a culture of innovation and constant improvement, has resulted in the Rolawn brand becoming the industry benchmark of quality and service. As market leaders, Rolawn is also well-known for keeping a sharp focus on the future trends and issues that will affect the industry. Rolawn is BS EN ISO 9001:2015 and BS EN ISO 14001:2015 certified.

Rolawn provides products to many much-loved events and locations across the UK, including Gardeners’ World Live, the Royal Parks and Palaces, The Royal Horticultural Society, and The Science Museum in London. Its reputation and ability to supply a diverse clientele reaches across all customer sectors and in all corners of the UK.