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Environmental Responsibility

At Windmill Hill we take our environmental responsibility and public relations very seriously. The farm has been at the forefront of research initiatives, often leading the way with pioneering trials. Examples of initiatives taking place include –

  • ‘Integrated Pest Management’. On the farm we introduce beneficial predatory species into crops and carefully manage the climate under the Polytunnel to create the optimum environment for controlling pests. Overall this allows us to significantly decrease agro-chemical application and increase fruit quality.

  • Polytunnel rainwater collection and recycling system provide water to irrigate the farm crops.

  • Technology allows us to carefully monitor moisture levels in fruit beds. Using this live data we make crop irrigation decisions therefore applying water to crop requirement and ensuring no water is wasted.

  • Our packhouse has Solar panels which supply renewable energy to the freezer and packhouse. These silicon modules produce no noise pollution or harmful gasses during operation; in addition the silicon is entirely benign and available in abundance.

  • We have a continual hedgerow and tree planting plan as well as numerous wild flower meadows all of which increase bio-diversity. The farm also has over 100 bird nest boxes.

  • All waste fruit is sent to our local Anaerobic Digester (AD plant) which produces low cost, low carbon renewable energy.

We also ensure we give back to the community through –

  • Annual Open Farm Sunday.

  • Hosting organised groups such as schools and agricultural societies. In June 2016 the farm opened its gates to 60 members of the women’s institute who picked strawberries for charity jam making.

  • From July 2018 the farm will become a LEAF Demonstration farm.