Bruton based Wyke Farms named winner of international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities
B Wyke Farms, one of the UK’s largest independent cheese producers and milk processors, have won a Green Apple Environment Award, in the ‘Environmental Best Practice’ category of this year’s awards programme.
Wyke Farms competed with more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice and won the award for their integrated green approach encompassing renewable energy, water recovery, green farming and transport. This forms part of the companies ‘100% Green’sustainability plan, through which, they have dramatically reduced their carbon footprint and become the first national cheddar brand to be 100% self-sufficient using their own energy generated from solar and biogas.
Wyke Farms will be presented with their trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony in the Houses of Parliament on Monday, November 16th 2015. As a result of this success Wyke Farms have also been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example.
The Green Apple awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world. They are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.
Wyke Farms will go on to represent England in the Green World Awards and the European Business Awards for the Environment.
Wyke Farms has been producing its award-winning cheddar for over a century and has grown to become one of the largest family-owned cheese makers in Britain selling over 13,000 tonnes annually.
Wyke Farms have 150 years of family farming experience. Wyke Farms’ cheese and butter is made with the milk from their cows grazing the lush pastures of the Mendip Hills in the centre of the Cheddar making region in Somerset.