Clough Bottom Farm has been recognised for its sterling, concerted efforts towards environmentally-friendly operations by being crowned ‘Green Business of the Year’ in the Lancashire Evening Post’s inaugural Green Awards.
The working, organic beef farm – and base for three award-winning luxury holiday cottages – scooped the much-coveted honour at a glittering ceremony at Preston’s Barton Grange Hotel.
The awards recognised individuals, community groups and businesses that have made significant contributions to changing the way we live and towards tackling climate change.
The accolade is a source of pride for Clough Bottom owners Harry and Jane Backhouse, who have gone to enormous lengths to safeguard the environment for future generations. In addition to planting over 100,000 trees around the farm, Harry’s green energy strategies include installing a borehole (generating a 42% saving on water bills), along with a bio-fuel manufacturing plant converting waste cooking oil from local premises in to bio-fuel used in farm vehicles and in the site’s generator. Not only does this provide a clean, low carbon fuel, it helps local businesses reduce their waste.
Harry is also exploring the feasibility of installing a mini-hydro electric power system to convert energy from the farm’s stream in to electricity.
The entire Clough Bottom site – comprising of a working organic beef farm, award-winning organic farm cottages, a thriving trees and shrubs nursery and a corporate training centre – now generates just one domestic-sized bin of non-recyclable waste every two weeks.
Commenting on the prestigious award, Harry Backhouse said: “We’re obviously delighted that our commitment to the environment and recycling has been recognised. Our overarching pledge to minimise our environmental impact across all our businesses is of great importance to us and the strategies that we have in place really work. Winning this award is the icing on the cake and is a great testament to the hard work that all our team has made in putting our green ethos into practice”.
Notes to Editors
Situated in The Forest of Bowland an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) in rural Lancashire, Clough Bottom Farm is a 360 acre organic working farm that has successfully blended traditional diversification with a conservation-minded, more sustainable approach to life and business.
Owners Harry and Jane Backhouse ensure each of their varying ventures is underpinned by a strong environmental conscience.
From the rearing of their organic beef herd, thriving tree nursery business and award-winning luxury self catering cottages, to the production of 10kg organic beef boxes and the provision of high-tech management training courses, everything they do is driven by a desire to safeguard the environment for future generations.
To book one of the four star holiday cottages at Clough Bottom, or to find out more about their trees and shrubs or organic beef, visit http://www.cloughbottom.co.uk or call 01254 826285.