Environmental award for J E Piccaver & Co

J E Piccaver & Co production director Phillip Hubbert. Photo: SG090711-120NG
J E Piccaver & Co production director Phillip Hubbert. Photo: SG090711-120NG

Gedney Marsh specialist lettuce company J E Piccaver & Co has won the Best Farm/Rural Enterprise Award in the Lincolnshire Environmental Award 2013.

Just short of 7 per cent of Norfolk House Farm is in an environmental feature of some kind, according to production director Phillip Hubbert.

He said the presentation to the awards panel covered the last 18 years’ worth of developments, resulting in eight miles of hedgerows and ten acres of woodland.

The farm has also adopted water management systems for irrigation, soil moisture control systems to determine how much water should be put on the crops, and meter sensors to monitor how much water is coming from the mains, resulting in a 50 per cent reduction of water use.

Phillip said: “We use mains water because the ground water is too salty so we have to be economical with it.”

There are rainwater collection systems, solar panels and intelligent fertiliser systems.