Anglian Water grows organic

03 August 2021

News

Anglian Water has been awarded its first organic accreditation having recently completed a two-year conversion project to turn the grassland at its water treatment works in Wing, Rutland to an organic landholding.

 

The water company has been accredited as an official organic producer status by the Soil Association Certification for allowing the hay produced on site to be used by a local, organic, and eco-friendly charity, Ahimsa Dairy Foundation.

Steven Coles, Works Technician for Anglian Water and Bio-Diversity Champion

We’re delighted to have our work officially recognised, but even more so, this is a sustainable way to make the most of our land and engage positively with the local community. Not only will this help to provide a service to a local charity, but we’re also improving and enhancing the biodiversity of the local environment at the same time. “A recent walk around the site uncovered 50 bee orchid flower spikes which is a great sign of some of the wildlife that is flourishing in what was previously mowed grassland that went to waste. We’ve been slowly improving the site since 2015, and we’re now seeing wildflowers starting to take hold amongst the swards.

Anglian has also teamed-up with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) whose specialist conservation knowledge and techniques are used to complete the grassland cut. TCV help to provide volunteering opportunities for the local community and employees, improving the health and wellbeing benefits associated with the social interaction and physical exercise of completing the cut.

 

To further enhance the health and wellbeing of staff at its site in Wing, Anglian Water created a mile-long wildlife perimeter walk to staff to enjoy some peace and quiet during their breaks and take in nature and wildlife throughout the day.

 

With the local dairy charity utilising the hay for their cows, the grass acts as a product, rather than a waste, reducing any costs to the business associated with vegetation removal and the environmental impacts of transport. 

 

As an environmentally focused not-for-profit, the Ahimsa Dairy Foundation who benefits from the hay was set up to provide entirely slaughter-free milk. Cows are retired to join their friends in the non-milking herd when they are past milking age where they spend their days eating grass and chewing the cud. 

 

For more information about the Ahimsa Dairy Foundation visit www.ahimsamilk.org and to join thousands of people across the UK transforming green spaces with TCV at www.tcv.org.uk.