Summerdown and sustainability
Whilst the conversation around sustainability and words associated with it may be relatively new, sustainability has always been a way of life at Summerdown.
We believe in farming for the future, so we’re always thinking about our impact on the environment and how we can maintain a thriving, sustainable ecosystem. Biodiversity is crucial to everything we do at Summerdown and is championed by our peppermint. The team shares a holistic approach to the farm – we view every area of the farm as connected. The health of our peppermint, for example, is dependent on hedgerows and the wildlife found within them.
We are a certified B-Corp, work with wildlife conservation charity Plantlife, are a Countryside Stewardship farm and are involved in research initiatives such as the Woodgarston project with South East Water and Natural England.
Our Master of Mint, Ian, has turned Summerdown into a peppermint playground for wildlife, insects and flowers. We have beehives in our mint fields, barn owls in farm buildings and every year we plant special feed crops for birds and sow wildflower seeds, encouraging new creatures to make themselves at home around the edges of our fields and woodlands. Because of all our sustainable practises, as a farm we are carbon neutral.
Keeping Summerdown’s soil as healthy as possible is a real priority for us. We need to make sure it remains as nutrient-rich as it was the day we started farming – after all, that’s the soil our peppermint originally fell for. And you can only grow the finest peppermint in the purest, most carefully nurtured soil.
The underlying aim of our business is to be regenerative, that is to say, we strive to make business decisions that actively engage the restoration of the environment and reduce our negative impact on it.
You can read more here about how we look after life on land.