We aim to be as carbon neutral as possible. Here’s a few of the ways we currently work with the environment to protect the planet for future generations. It’s tough to save the planet, and change some peoples opinions. If we all make efforts to do so it can only have a positive effect, one chilli plant at a time!
With the vast roof space our polytunnels have, it’d be rude not to harvest the rainwater! We have slotted pipes buried into gravel and sand which filters water naturally, this is then stored in a large tank. This water is then used to grow our plants with added nutrients.
All of our polytunnels use self watering pots from Autopot and PLANT!T GoGro to ensure that all water and nutrients are not wasted. These growing systems save a considerable amount of water with ‘zero run to waste‘ unlike traditional drip irrigation setups…
Our plants are grown from seed each season and we compost all of our plants at the end of the season. From these plants, lots of cardboard from deliveries and fruit and vegetable peelings, we make compost which is ideal for seed germination and beneficial plant growth the next season.
As we move forward there are other aspects we want to implement, polytunnel underground heatsink, solar powered cooling and solar energy harvesting. We are currently implementing an aquaponics system so that we can demonstrate an eco-system on a small scale to the younger generation which visit our site. We firmly believe that educating everyone from an early age will have a positive impact on the environment.
Our kitchen equipment is also energy saving to ensure the least amount of electricity is being used. We are always on the lookout for energy saving ideas, if you have any we could implement we’d love to hear them.
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