Our family has lived here for over 115 years and as farmers we’re in tune with the soil. We’re part of our local environment. So we’re serious about sustainability. We care about today and we care about the future.
BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
Myrtle Farm is our home in the heart of the Somerset countryside. So caring for the environment is in our blood. Our vision is to create a world-famous cider making business that works in harmony with the natural world, not against it.
We are actively finding innovative ways to reduce our use of natural resources and increase use of renewable energies.
Our orchards are not just the source of our raw ingredients. They’re a haven for wildlife and an important contributor to the local ecosystem. Insects and invertebrates, birds of prey, bats, pheasant, rabbits and hares all make their home here.
Bees are so important to the apple harvest. We have so many species of apple trees in the Thatchers orchards – the different flowers are a really important way for the bees to get the protein they need. And of course the flavour of apple blossom makes for great honey too!
We live and work in the heart of our small village of Sandford, Somerset. Playing our part in village life is hugely important to us. We’re part of the fabric in this part of the world.
We’re reducing the water we use, from washing our apples to cleaning our equipment. We’re improving how we recycle our water too by investing in our systems.
Our buildings are home to over 3,000 solar panels, saving around 301 tonnes of C02 each year. That’s the equivalent of planting almost 3,500 trees. Our 500 acres of orchards also lock up approximately 182 tonnes of carbon each year. And we’re not stopping there. Over the last decade we’ve planted some 15,000 trees every year!
We harness energy from our solar panels and waste heat and convert it to power. And we generate more by using the wood prunings from our trees on the farm in our biomass boiler, providing energy across the Farm.
We were one of the first cider makers to remove plastic rings from our packaging and replace them with recyclable cardboard packs in 2016. New, lighter weight cans are also saving the equivalent of 5.9m empty cans a year. And our glass bottles use up to 77% recycled glass.
We have hives throughout our orchards to help ensure effective pollination. We plant wildflower strips, providing a valuable foraging source for bumblebees and solitary bees. And with the help and advice from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust we’ve made sure our orchards are bee friendly.
Apples are not only our business, they’re a passion. Our Exhibition Orchard is protecting some of the rarest varieties – over 458 at the last count! And we’re researching varieties that haven’t been used in our cider before, growing them in our innovative hedgerow style.