Pollybell investing for the future

16 Sep 2013

Pollybell Farm Investment Partnership with Defra and EU

Pollybell constructs reservoir and underground main with funding help from EU’s and DEFRA’s Rural Development Program for England

Multi award winning Pollybell Farm, based in North Lincolnshire and North Nottinghamshire, will be boosting the local economy and creating jobs in the process as it continues its multi million pound program of investment in farm infrastructure.

Pollybell Farm has invested in major construction work to build a new reservoir and water piping in 2013. The reservoir will improve the farm’s capture and re-use of peak flow water by 15%, increase the farm’s water sustainability and reduce its demand on local summer river supply. The construction of the ring main piping will allow the farm to manage its water even more efficiently as well as reducing its energy usage.

Both construction projects started in May 2013 and demonstrate Pollybell’s commitment to sustainable farming and innovation while cementing its position as the UK’s leading producer of organic fresh vegetables. It is estimated that the increased range of cropping resulting from the project will create 4 new jobs in the local area.

James Brown, Pollybell’s financial director comments,

“This work is part of our ongoing commitment to producing the finest organic food for UK families and is also a vital part of our efforts to manage water even more efficiently and further reduce our farm’s environmental impact.

Farming needs a lot of water and we have been planning this project for 3 years. Too much water is also a problem and, as everyone saw in 2012, the very wet summer created a number different challenges. Pollybell’s investment will ensure that we can reduce the effects both of shortages and of too much rain.

We are very grateful to the Department for Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the European Union who have been very helpful in realizing this project.”

Pollybell’s 2013 investment in sustainable water management follows the £1 million spent on a new pack house and cold storage facilities completed in 2012.

Pollybell has recently been granted British Retail Consortium (BRC) accreditation. This recognized the farm’s holistic approach to food quality, traceability and safety and added to its accredited status with the Soil Association, Red Tractor and LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming).

This water project is supported by the rural development program for England for which DEFRA is the managing authority, part financed by the European agricultural fund for rural development; Europe Investing in Rural Areas