Over the years, we have planted more than 2000 individual native trees and shrubs around the orchard. We have an abundance of beautiful, wild meadow flowers including Cowslips, Salad Burnett and Bee Orchids that carpet the orchard in a dazzling array of colours.
Around the trees, we have a herbicide strip to conserve water in a dry cliamte. We have a number of nest boxes within the canopy cover of the orchard and shelter belts used by tits, finches and a tawny owl.
We have large colonies of Bumble and solitary bees as well our own hives of Honey Bees kept on the orchard that pollinate the apple blossom each Spring. We also have a pond with frogs, toads, newts and dragonflies.
1 tonne (5.4%) of our total Carbon Footprint comes from our orchard
4.3 tonnes (23.1%) of our total Carbon Footprint comes from processing
2.2 tonnes (11.8%) of our total Carbon Footprint comes from transportation
8.1 tonnes (43.6%) of our total Carbon Footprint comes from glass bottles
3.0 tonnes (16.1%) of our total Carbon Footprint comes from boxes, bags etc
Measures in hand to reduce this include:
- Lighter weight bottles (saves 1.3 tonnes)
- Bottle re-use ( 1.3 tonnes)
- Heat recovery from pasteurisers (0.45 tonnes)
- Electricity from Ecotricity
- 4kW Solar PV system installed in 2010(1.7 tonnes)
Current savings are 4.75 tonnes (26%) with plenty still to do! A major item to focus on in order to reduce our overall Carbon Footprint is greater bottle re-use.