Biomass investment makes early strawberries more sustainable, says grower

Investing in renewable energy has begun to pay off for a Herefordshire strawberry grower.

Driscoll's Lusa strawberries - image: Haygrove
Driscoll's Lusa strawberries - image: Haygrove

Haygrove has this week begun supplying supermarkets with early Driscoll’s Lusa strawberries, thanks to investment in two 1MW biomass boilers installed late last year which can heat 4ha of glasshouse fruit.

The boilers replaced oil-burning models, and are fuelled by woodchip and clean recycled wood from local suppliers.

"Every business has to reduce carbon emissions to help the UK meet its environmental obligations," said managing director James Waltham.

The company, part of the the Berry Gardens grower cooperative, hopes to reduce oil consumption further in the coming season by heating other buildings from the biomass boilers rather than from oil, he explained.

"This makes environmental sense as well as economic sense with the cost of heating oil having risen considerably in the last decade."


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