This year it is the systems ISO 14001 Re-certification Audit.
This will take place on the 5th & 6th February 2013.
Every effort has been made to market and sell the ISO 14001 to our customers and public, the new Lorries and all stationary has the logo on, thanks Tom Stabler.
Our waste removal figures for this year again are looking good.27% going to Landfill and 73% being recycled. We have again reduced our waste going to Landfill.
The Boningale staff have been segregating the waste ensuring that as little as possible of our waste is going to Landfill.
2012 Objective Reports
1. Introduce FRAC, IRAC, and HRAC codes to spray programmes.
These codes allow us to see what chemicals have the same active ingredients therefore have the same mode of action. We have a duty to ensure we mix up the codes to prevent resistance build up in the plants we grow.
All managers using crop protection products are now using these codes when preparing crop spray programmes.
2. Peat Free Trials
- To gain experience with peat free compost.
- To compare growth of liners in peat free against peat compost across range of varieties.
- To monitor moss and liverwort growth.
- Outside crops – Overall peat free produced good root growth but shorter and paler top growth.
- Inside crops – Most as above but varieties preferring dry conditions produced good top growth with better colour.
- Liverwort and moss much reduced in the peat free compost.
Conclusions and Recommendations
- Open structure of the peat free may have contributed to increased leaching of outside crops, in a very wet year, producing poor top growth. Consider liquid feeding.
- Positioning of trials within same tunnels did not allow for different water management. Continue trials next year isolating the peat free into one area.
- Monitor and compare growth of liners post winter.
- Pot on peat free liners into peat free final mix and monitor.
3. Water Harvesting Project on Springfield.
We are collecting the rain falling on the roof of the new tunnel and using this as the main source of water for irrigating the crops within the tunnel.
- Springfield tunnel covers 0.4 hectares.
- Estimated irrigation demand 3,300m3.
- Estimated roof rainfall available at 65% =1,367m3. Potentially providing 41% of demand.
- Water from roof-collected rainfall is of excellent quality.
- Actual 2013 rainfall in West midlands 30% above average. Potentially collecting 1,777m3.
- Future plan to collect water from new outside beds and drain into new reservoir.
- Future plan to put in water meters to monitor use of harvested water.
4. Investigate how to Monitor Despatch Transport Efficiency
Andy Bourton (Despatch Director) now keeps detailed records of despatched loads. These are broken down to third party transport, collections, and own vehicles. This will enable us to monitor our despatching efficiency.
- 5. Investigation into Solar power
- In 2012 our main supply used 180,000 KWH
- We are looking at 50KW ground mounted installation.
- The highest feed in Tariff relies on any building having band D energy performance.
- Feeds in Tariffs are made up of Generation and Export Tariffs.
- The typical pay back period for small-scale commercial installation is 4 to 5 years.
- F.I.T.’S now run for 20 years.
- Presently contacting suppliers for quotes.
6 . % Of chemical product against bio products.
We wanted to compare how much we spend on biological forms of pesticide control compared to chemical control.
|Bio & Natural||5%||4%||6%|