It boasts what is thought to be the UK’s largest bio-diverse wildflower grass roof, which is planted with nearly 90 species of wild flowers and is domed to blend in with the stunning Cotswold landscape.
TV presenter and botanist James Wong was invited to perform the official opening ceremony, laying the final turf on the green roof.
The building incorporates a raft of eco-features including the largest hemp clad system in the UK, which uses the process of carbon sequestration to absorb carbon dioxide and prevent its release back into the atmosphere. Geothermal heat pump technology controls the heat generated by the factory to power computers and refrigeration units, while underground tanks harvest rainwater from the roof which is then used in the amenity block. Finally, a sustainable storm management system controls excess rainwater and the ponds created provide a home for nesting mallards, grass snakes, frogs, newts, toads, bulrushes and reeds.
The factory’s new manufacturing process has been designed to ensure an extremely thorough wash. Air drying of the leaves removes all excess moisture and more gentle handling of the salad leaves has improved the quality and extended the shelf life of the final bagged salad. The new factory has increased our capacity to 1.8 million bags a week, with the opportunity to add yet further capacity at a later date if required.