As a rural countryside business, our impact on the environment is something we are monitoring and constantly trying to improve upon.
We have always tried to keep waste to a minimum but as I am sure you can appreciate, when you are stocking fresh produce there will inevitably be some bad apples. Waste fruit and vegetables from the Farm Shop are collected and then distributed onto the farmland to aid in naturally fertilising our soil. The same is for our waste coffee grinds from the café, the acidity helps equalise the lands natural pH levels.
When it comes to packaging we use as little plastic as possible apart from where it is completely unavoidable. As soon as an alternative becomes available we will move towards it. The take away containers, cups, cutlery and bags we use in our shop are either recyclable or made of Vegware so it can easily degrade over a short period of time rather than decades.
As you pull into our site you may notice an array of solar panels in our “Bridge Field” these were added in 2019 as an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and make the energy we use more renewable. These panels contribute to powering nearly 30% of our business across the year and in the summer months we even end up feeding power back into the national grid.