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Solar panels at Priory Farm, Surrey

Environmental Policy

Priory Farm is passionate about helping the environment, and we try to do everything possible to minimise our effect on the world; we are constantly exploring ways to become more environmentally friendly. Our new buildings are energy-efficient and highly insulated and our ongoing building repair scheme ensures we do everything possible to make our historic buildings more sustainable. Below are steps we are taking to reduce our carbon footprint and impact on the environment

Low Energy Lighting

90% of the lighting on the Farm is now powered using low energy LEDs, as they are far more energy efficient and don’t give us residual heat.

Solar Power

On a bright day our Farm Shop can be powered 100% off grid. We have solar panels on top of four of our old agricultural buildings; any additional power they produce is given back to the national grid, too. During the darker days of the winter, and overnight, we have to buy electricity, but we use a supplier that obtains 100% of its power from sustainable sources. No natural gas, coal or nuclear power is used at Priory Farm.

Electric Vehicle

As we produce our own power on the Farm it makes sense to power one of our vehicles as well, so The Discovery Walk has a utility vehicle that is 100% electric. As soon as the technology improves, we will look to change more of our agricultural vehicles, too.

Electric Heating

As we produce our own power on the Farm, we removed the LPG boilers from the Farm Shop in 2018. The shop is now heated and cooled with electric heating – the most efficient heating for the space.

Products We Sell

If we can source a high-quality product locally we will do so, and much of the time we will work directly with these small local suppliers. Although to buy locally for all products isn’t possible., if we buy from further afield, we will try and use wholesalers, meaning that there are fewer small deliveries coming to us, so less lorries emitting CO2.

Fridges and Freezers

Most of our fridges & freezers are remotely refrigerated and operate on three-phase power, meaning that they are more energy efficient. Plus, being remote, the units don’t overheat, therefore making cooling easier.

Waste Disposal

None of our waste goes to landfill – our waste contractors produce energy from the waste removed from the site. Furthermore, we recycle whenever we can. In 2017, we purchased a baler for all our cardboard boxes - once baled, they go to be recycled.

Plastic Use

In 2018 we started charging 5p for our biodegradable carrier bags; profit from these is donated to Surfers against Sewage, a charity trying hard to clear up the plastic from our seas. In 2019, we are focusing on reducing our single use plastic. Currently, all our disposable coffee cups are 100% compostable, as are our deli pots; we are implementing solutions to the Butchery and Deli packaging, too.

Composting

In 2019 we are looking to build a composting site on the Farm for all our used pots, coffee cups and other compostable packaging. We hope to invite our customers to bring us their used items too. This will then be used on our fields to help our crops grow.

Woodland Management

In the 60 years that the Shinner family have owned the Farm an average of at least 100 trees have been planted each year around the farm. We also regularly coppice areas and use the timber on the discovery walk for handrails and other various features. 

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