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Sustainability

Myrtle Farm is surrounded by the most beautiful countryside. Caring for the environment is in our blood.

Reducing our carbon footprint

Our vision is to create sustainable, great tasting cider for generations to come, enjoyed, loved and respected the world over. It was back in 1904 when William Thatcher first started making cider in Somerset. Today four generations later, love for our rural surroundings has grown ever stronger, and our responsibility for the environment around us is at our heart.

We’re making great strides in cutting carbon, reducing plastic and supporting biodiversity across our business.

We’ve introduced new, lighter weight cans saving the equivalent of 5.9 million empty cans a year – that’s 70 tons of aluminium and approximately 381 tons of CO2 saved annually.
Our glass bottles use up to 77% recycled glass.
And back in 2016 we were the first cider maker to get rid of the plastic rings on our four packs of cans, replacing them with new recyclable cardboard outers.

 

Our new warehouse has been built to the highest environmental standards. It’s home to 1320 solar panels, allowing us to save some 75,000 kg of C02, the equivalent of planting almost 3,500 trees in 2020.
Our 500 acres of orchards lock up approximately 182 tonnes of carbon each year

We harness energy at Myrtle Farm from our solar panels, waste heat and biomass, converting it to power heating across our meeting rooms and offices, and The Railway Inn.

We‘re reducing the water we use, from washing our apples to cleaning our equipment. We’re improving how we recycle our water too. Through investment in our systems we’re creating savings in our water consumption, so that we use this precious natural resource as little and as sustainably as possible.

Nothing goes to waste in our cider making process. Pomace – apple waste left over after pressing – goes to good use, either for cattle feed or anaerobic digestion.

We’re constantly increasing our recycling efforts at Myrtle Farm:  In 2019 we increased our cardboard recycling by 20% compared to the year before; our plastic recycling by 32%; our aluminium by 69% and our scrap metal by 30%.

We have over 500 acres of our own orchard throughout the West Country. We’re committed to research and innovation, trialling lesser known apple varieties for their suitability to our soil and climatic conditions. We’ve established 40 acres of tree trials with apple varieties that haven’t been used in our cider making before, growing them for the first time in our hedgerow style.

Our orchards are not just the source of our raw ingredients. They are a haven for wildlife and an important contributor to the local ecosystem. Insects and invertebrates, birds of prey, bats, pheasant, deer, rabbits and hares to name but a few.
Bees are vital to the health of our trees. With hives throughout our orchards, honey bees help us ensure effective pollination. We plant wildflower strips, providing a valuable foraging source for bumblebees and solitary bees.