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Farmers supplying Co-op are encouraging bees back into their natural habitat. It’s all part of a three-year plan to boost wildlife throughout the UK.
Mapping our farms’ sustainability
400 farmers have taken part in our self-assessment programme called Enviro-Map (the first of its kind to use self-entry technology, accredited by the Carbon Trust) a tool we developed to help improve sustainability in farming, which includes measuring amongst other things, the impact of farming practices.
Creating more sustainable farms
Together our farmers have planted over 1,000 miles of hedgerows across the country and 116 hectares of wildflower meadows, that’s enough to fill 140 full sized football pitches. They also look after over 1,400 hectares of woodland and 455 wetland areas, where you’ll find kingfishers and lapwings.
“The wildflowers look fantastic in the summer and they’ve certainly increased the number of butterflies on the farm. Our neighbour, who produces honey, has found an increase in production since our wildflowers have been in place so there has clearly been an increase in the number of bees in the area.”
Caroline Morris of Manor Farm, Buckinghamshire
Some of the farmers involved in this project are part of the Co-op Farming Group, focussed on growing and rearing animals to the Co-op’s high standards. All this is part of our Co-op’s support for British farmers, just like sourcing all our fresh meat from British farms too.
Head of Fresh Food
Read more on reducing impacts at our Co-op;
- We’re trialling a plastic bottle deposit and return scheme
- How we’re tackling food waste
- #TheCoopWay report 2017: Ethics, Sustainability and our financial results