Ostlers Cider Mill has won a Green Apple Environmental Award.
Ostlers Cider Mill in Goodleigh has won a prestigious Green Apple Environmental Award.
The self-sufficient business run by Becci Paterson is completely off the grid, with sheep and horses fertilising its orchards, but held its own against big national companies to be named in this year’s awards list.
Ostlers will find out exactly what award it has won at a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament in London on November 16.
Becci had to write a paper on Ostlers’ green practices, which include managing the orchards with livestock, solar power and wood burners for heating, plus a three-year conversion programme to make the orchards 100 per cent organic.
This year she expects to produce some 64,000 litres of apple juice, most of which will go to producing cider vinegar.
She said: “It’s a great honour to get this award for doing things that we love, in the way we love to do it.
“This is a major award and I think it will really help to put Ostlers on the map.”