Vegetable grower scoops corporate Green Award for running a sustainable site

Thanet Earth has topped the corporate category of the Green Award at the 2010 Food & Farming Industry Awards, held last month at the House of Commons.

The Green Award recognises the efforts made so far at Thanet Earth to build the business around a truly sustainable production method.

The Kent-based tomato, pepper and cucumber producer, which is part-owned by Fresca Group, will have the electricity generating capacity on site to cover close to the entire domestic power requirement of Thanet's 50,000 homes when work is completed. The waste products from the electricity generation process are channelled into production to use in the greenhouses to help grow the crops.

Technical manager Robert James, who collected the award at an event organised by Farm Business magazine, said: "This is a real honour. We've been judged against strict environmental criteria by some key industry figures and for them to recognise the green principles on which Thanet Earth runs in such a high-profile manner is rewarding indeed for all those who work hard every day to make our site the most sustainable, viable site of its kind in the UK."

He continued: "We intend to push our boundaries further and continually improve our environmental performance."

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