Co-op farm staff get green credentials

The Co-operative Farms' green credentials have been given a boost with Chartered Environmentalist status awarded to two of its key employees.

Co-operative Farms general manager Christine Tacon and head of farming operations Fraser Scott, responsible for arable and potatoes, were recognised by the Society for the Environment for their professional knowledge, experience and commitment to applying sustainable thinking throughout their daily work.

To receive registered status candidates are assessed by licensed constituent bodies of the society, in this case the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAM).

All Co-operative land is now under DEFRA’s Entry Level Environmental Stewardship Scheme, with 3 farms in the Higher Level Scheme.

Tractor-mounted sensors are used on all farms to optimise nitrogen usage, and seven sites managed by Co-operative Farms now host the ‘From Farm to Fork’ education programme for children to see how crops grow and understand the importance of hedges and wildlife margins.

A number of sites have switched to efficient and sustainable trickle water irrigation systems for Co-op grown potatoes and strawberries.

IAM director Richard Cooksley said: “Management within agriculture requires all the traditional skills plus appreciation and understanding of best practices and environmental controls. Chartered Environmentalist status is a confirmation of competence in this area, so Christine and Fraser’s achievement demonstrates the expertise within The Co-operative Farms.”

Tacon said: “We are now setting up programmes to research and trial next generation farming methods, to ensure we continue to farm in a way that minimises our impact and ensures resources are there for future generations.”

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

How big are the UK and Europe's apple and pear harvests likely to be?

How big are the UK and Europe's apple and pear harvests likely to be?

After a sizeable dip last year, Europe's apple harvest looks to be back on track, and could even break recent records. But the wider global situation means it should find a ready market.

What is the future for glyphosate?

What is the future for glyphosate?

The horticulture industry has defended glyphosate after a landmark US court case saw chemical company Monsanto ordered to pay $289m (£226m) damages to a groundskeeper who claimed herbicides containing glyphosate had caused his cancer.

Should more be done to address farm thefts and other crimes?

Should more be done to address farm thefts and other crimes?

The cost of vehicle thefts from farms is rising, while trust in the police's ability to deal with rural crime is in decline, two new reports show.

Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +

Horticulture Week Top UK FRUIT PRODUCERS

See our exclusive RANKING of UK Fruit Producers by annual turnover plus the FULL REPORT AND ANALYSIS.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon