For over 80 years, the long-term strategy of the family-owned Boxford (Suffolk) Farms has been to operate as a sustainable green business. Now a third-generation company and employing 250 staff, the farms produce over 6200 tonnes of apples, cherries, soft fruit, and maize from 200 hectares in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Stour Valley.
The urgency of addressing climate change, reducing carbon emissions and fossil fuels cannot be underestimated. Since 1938 Boxford Farms has utilised available resources to grow top quality fruit and other crops whilst protecting the environment wherever possible by using sustainable practices. Bill and Devora Peake were founder members of the Soil Association in the 1950s, and the family’s ongoing strong core values and culture are shared by a fantastic team of staff which has created real drive for innovation and long-term sustainable and robust growth for future generations.
These innovations and practices were recognised nationally when Boxford Farms won the ‘UK Top Fruit Grower of the Year’ in 2015 (and highly commended 2018); and the ‘UK Soft Fruit Grower of the Year’ award in 2018. The Farms also won the BALE award for Best Green Enterprise in 2015.
Here are some of the green initiatives that are practiced on the farm…
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