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Nurturing Natural Resources.

Living in the heart of Somerset is a privilege. One we’ll never take for granted. We understand this beautiful region gives us so much. So we do everything we can to take care of it. Our goal is to create a sustainable working farm, harnessing our natural resources to source our electricity and gas from both solar and biogas, generated from farm and dairy waste.

It’s something our ancestors would be proud of – as well as our children.

We’re a progressive business that doesn’t stand still. We’ll continue to challenge ourselves to find more sustainable ways to operate to enable us to farm the Brue Valley for generations to come.

Tap on the icons to discover what makes our farm 100% green.
100% Green Badge Milk Churn Icon Electric powered Car Icon Digester Sheds Icon A watering can icon An Icon of  Flower An Icon of a Cow An Icon of some Barley An Icon of the Sun
Click on the icons to discover what makes our farm 100% green.
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Cheese made naturally Cheese made naturally

Cheese made naturally

With all of our power and gas coming from renewable sources we are proud to say that our award winning cheese and butter is 100% Green in terms of energy. It doesn’t end there though, we also recover heat from the generators and never waste the electricity that we generate. All of our equipment has low energy inverters installed and we even have LED lights that automatically switch off just in case we forget!

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Green Transport Green Transport

Green Transport

We currently run three Nissan leafs, which are fully electric and charged using our renewable energy. We use these for our shop deliveries and for visiting friends and family! In time we would like to look at compressing our Biogas to maybe run our tankers, but Jason our Engineering expert is still working on the technology for that and we will keep you updated.

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Biogas Plant Biogas Plant

Biogas Plant

On our farm we have installed three giant digesters to break down organic waste into natural energy. We use the by-products of cheesemaking, farmyard manure and waste from our other friends, such as apple pomace from the local cider mills to produce electricity and gas. We use the electricity to power our cheese making and we clean the biogas up and put it back into the grid to power our boilers and feed the local town of Bruton. Bruton must be the greenest town in the country without even knowing it!

The spent material from the biogas plant is really good plant fertiliser, high in natural nitrogen, phosphates and potash – so great for local farmers and gardeners too.

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Water Re-usage Water Re-usage

Water Re-usage

We view water as a precious resource. Although we get lots of rain, as farmers we can see things have changed. The rain comes heavier and in short bursts, so runs off the soil rather than soaking in and raising the water table. Experts say that this will get worse and that droughts and water shortage will get more common. We think that as a big user of water to wash all of our cheese equipment and feed our cows that we should do our bit.

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Encouraging Wildlife Encouraging Wildlife

Encouraging Wildlife

Wherever possible we like to work in tandem with nature and create a symbiotic relationship with the environment around us. We leave uncultivated areas along the banks of the river Brue to encourage wildlife and plants and wildflower. It is not uncommon to see lapwing birds, herons and even the occasional kingfisher lurking around the trout pools of our River. The brown trout are pretty canny and shy, so it’s rare that they catch anything!

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Happy cows Happy cows

Happy cows

We love our cows, they are like part of our family to us. They descend from many generations living at Wyke for many years. We are Red Tractor assured which means that our standards are monitored as part of the British assurance scheme. We like to feel that we go way beyond that though!

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Encouraging Wildlife Encouraging Wildlife

Encouraging Wildlife

Wherever possible we like to work in tandem with nature and create a symbiotic relationship with the environment around us. We leave uncultivated areas along the banks of the river Brue to encourage wildlife and plants and wildflower. It is not uncommon to see lapwing birds, herons and even the occasional kingfisher lurking around the trout pools of our River. The brown trout are pretty canny and shy, so it’s rare that they catch anything!

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Solar Panels Solar Panels

Solar Panels

We use our solar panels on our farm roofs. When the milk comes out of the cow it is body temperature and needs cooling very quickly to keep it fresh. We have big ice water banks to cool the milk. On the hot summer days the Ice Banks have to work very hard to cool the water, these sunny days are exactly when the solar panels produce the most power – can there ever be a better fit for renewable energy? We don’t think so.

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Our 'Green promises'.

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Encourage Wildlife Within the Brue Valley.

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Produce all our own energy from renewable sources inc. offsetting.

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Save Energy through investments and changes in work practices.

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Maximise the use of organic nitrogen on our farm and supplier farms to replace artificial fertiliser.

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Minimise any package waste.

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Recover Heat in our Dairy.

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Filter and Re-use waste water.

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Knowledge share and encourage our suppliers to work in more sustainable ways.