Family Owned A.D. Business strengthens its team as the UK demands greener energy
Established in 2012 by Henry du Val, Apsley Farms operates one of the largest privately owned Anaerobic Plants in the UK, producing green gas and electricity as well sustainable CO2 and gardening products. The plant allows more than forty local farmers to access an alternative market for their crops, and also giving them the opportunity to utilise digestate, the organic by-product, to improve their soils.
In response to the clear and ongoing shift towards renewable energy production and the new government incentives for sustainable farming, Apsley Farms is focused on remaining a net zero business but constantly looking for ways to innovate and improve.
To support their expansion and an existing team of fifty dedicated and skilled employees, Rachel Carline and Izzie Lawrence have joined the Apsley Farms team as Marketing Manager and Contracts and Farms Manager respectively.
Rachel, who previously worked in retail marketing is responsible for promoting the company’s products and services together with the senior management team. Izzie, formerly the Store Manager at Trinity Grain Shrewton, will improve the contact that the business has with its farmer growers, building lasting relationships and ensuring a high level of service is maintained.
Ed du Val, who now runs the business as Operations Manger, having taken over the role from his father, commented that he was delighted to welcome Rachel and Izzie to the business at a time where opportunities for land-based businesses were presenting themselves.
Ed says “We are very proud of what we do in an exciting and rapidly growing marketplace, and now we are looking to expand our cropping area and grower base – having a strong team behind us is essential. We offer a first class service from a strong financial base and carry out a range of both farm and estate activities“
Apsley Farms, based outside of Andover in Hampshire, currently utilises over 100,000t of maize, rye and oats annually. The estate itself comprises about 900 acres (364 Ha) of arable land given over to forage crops. The site also houses some of the UK’s most advanced facilities for producing biogas, sustainable electricity, food-grade carbon dioxide (CO2) and renewable soil improving gardening products.
“I am excited to have a role with such a progressive company, working at the forefront of sustainable technologies and also being able to return amazing benefits to the farmers who grow for us. Many of our growers are already entered into the new environmental stewardship schemes, both entry level and higher tier, and I am looking forward to working closely with them to help achieve their goals” says Izzie.
Rachel says “I love that the gardening products I am promoting are sustainable byproducts of energy production at the Farm – for example a bag of our hugely popular mulch has already help heat a home before it is sold to our customers all around the country”
For more information visit www.apsleyfarms.com or phone 01264 554455