We are understandably proud of our place within the New Forest National Park and do our best to complement the diverse range of flora and fauna around us. Around the sites we have installed bee hotels, bat boxes and bird boxes, as well as creating wildlife corridors and beetle banks and undertaking an annual baseline biodiversity study to ensure the trend for wildlife flourishing continues.
Within our production areas, we minimise the use of synthetic plant protection products, in favour of natural alternatives; including biological control (releasing beneficial insects to predate pests which are harmful to our crops) and good husbandry as part of an integrated approach. We are particularly pleased with the results of growing garlic within our cropping structures as a deterrent for pests.
In addition to our recycling efforts, consideration for the environment and moves to minimise our carbon footprint, we see empowerment of staff (and promoting from within, where appropriate) as another of our strengths.
Going forward, extra record keeping and scrutinisation of our water use efficiency will be employed to ensure that we retain our focus as growers who optimise irrigation water use and see the financial benefits.