As you’re all well aware we try to be as environmentally friendly as possible hence our gold award in 2011, well we also take this into consideration with our suppliers to. So recently we’ve been speaking with Rochelle Fowler over at Brook farm who are setting up a six figure investment in reeds, here’s a little about it:

“Running a small abattoir, like any other business, presents many challenges including increasing overheads and general running costs. Going forward with the business we have decided to invest in an environmentally friendly “reed bed”, only using natural sustainable ecological processes. Reed beds are aquatic plant based systems which allow bacteria, fungi and algae to digest the sewage and clean the waste water onsite at the abattoir.

• The new reed bed is 2800m2

• It contains 10,500 reeds and 900 tonnes of 20mm stone

• There is 1600 tonnes of spoil moved on site

• There is just over 550m of cables and 600 meters of pipe works

Reed beds support many breeding birds and are also good for invertebrates including dragonflies, the reed leopard moth and the rove beetle. We may even be lucky enough to provide a habitat for the endangered water vole! We look forward to seeing the results.