GREEN COM­PANY OF THE YEAR

Spon­sored by Green Peo­ple

Sussex Life - - Restaurant Review -

OXNEY OR­GANIC WINE ES­TATE Beck­ley Kristin Syl­te­vik, owner 01797 260137; www.oxneyestate.com

“It is an in­cred­i­ble hon­our to be a fi­nal­ist and a big boost for us as a busi­ness. The en­vi­ron­ment has been at the cen­tre of our farm and vine­yard since we started farm­ing in 2009 – we started by con­vert­ing our land to or­ganic and now we are also mak­ing our own bioen­ergy, grow­ing or­ganic crops, mak­ing or­ganic wine and look­ing after our flock of or­ganic sheep. The im­pact on our im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­ment is clear to see – not only is wildlife and birdlife abun­dant but the bio­di­ver­sity above and below ground has im­proved dra­mat­i­cally lead­ing to healthy and tasty crops.”

CHAR­LOTTE’S CUP­BOARD Burgess Hill Tha­lassa de Burgh-milne and Char­lotte Cross, co-founders and di­rec­tors 07940 731465; char­lottes­cup­board.com

“We live plas­tic-free lives and make de­ci­sions based on how we im­pact the planet. We of­fer con­ve­nient so­lu­tions for plas­tic-free shop­ping, via home de­liv­er­ies and mar­kets. Our busi­ness is set up to com­bat how we as in­di­vid­u­als are neg­a­tively im­pact­ing the planet, but we also take into ac­count the im­pact of our busi­ness. Every de­ci­sion we make is im­por­tant – from our elec­tric van to lo­cal sup­pli­ers. We aren’t sim­ply run­ning a busi­ness, we are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to live sus­tain­ably and thought­fully.”

TRENCH­MORE FARM Cow­fold Rachel Knowles, farmer 01403 864419; www.trench­more.co.uk

“Trench­more is a small, fam­ily farm in Cow­fold and we are de­lighted to be fi­nal­ists. We would like to give a mas­sive thank you to the won­der­ful peo­ple who nom­i­nated us, to ev­ery­one who has worked with us and all our cus­tomers who have sup­ported us over the years. We are pro­duc­ing the best beef, cider and grains we can while farm­ing with na­ture and the fu­ture in mind. A vir­tu­ous cir­cle! Our happy cat­tle turn per­ma­nent pas­ture, ap­ple po­mace and brewer’s grains into de­li­cious beef, their muck feeds the soils which grows grains and the straw for their win­ter bed­ding. Good food – grown well.”

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