Here at A S Green we have an ongoing commitment to ensure our business is run as sustainably as possible.
Part of this commitment is to provide a variety of habitats for wildlife.
On our farm we have half an acre of protected oak woodland and a further six acres of mixed woodland, both are home to a huge range of flora and fauna, including the native British Bluebell. A polecat has previously been spotted in the woodland!
The vast majority of our fields are bordered with hedges, helping to reduce soil erosion, protect crops and provide a vital habitat for our native species. Hedgerows offer a source of food and act as a pathway to help wildlife move across the landscape. Birds are particularly reliant, in fact hedgerows are stated as the primary habitat for 13 of the 21 priority BAP bird species. We've planted further sections of hedges around our farm to increase these benefits.
In 2003 we built a reservoir on the farm, this is fed by winter rainwater catchment and natural spring. The reservoir has created a thriving habitat for a whole range of species, in fact it is rare to visit without seeing our resident heron or a family of ducks. Our focus at the reservoir has been to encouraging bumble bees; we have landscaped the sides with native wild flowers and plants.
In our summer months it is vital the crops are kept well watered. To ensure we use water efficiently it is applied to the crop through a trickle system, this allows the soil is soak it up and use all the water. This ensures there is no run off and the soil gets the full benefit of the water.
Making A S Green Greener...
To mitigate some of the energy demand from our packhouse we installed solar panels, these are able to deliver 40% of the energy required during our busiest packing period. During the quieter months we are able to send the 'green' energy back to the grid.
We also feed all of our trimming of the vegetable to our sheep, this ensures we have no wastage.
We use biodegradable black mulch instead of plastic of our broad beans that are over wintered, this ensures we aren't using plastic which then cannot be recycled. After the summer ends the black mulch disappears into the soil and adds nutrients back to the soil.
We try to recycle all of our waste packaging from the packhouse, This ensures none of our wastage is put into landfill.