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Cutting food miles wins award

There were celebrations this week at Kew’s country garden in Ardingly, West Sussex, as its efforts to reduce food miles have been recognised with a highly coveted national award.

Deputy Catering Manager Pawel Zelewicz and some of The Stables restaurant team at Wakehurst which put sustainability to the fore across its catering operation.

The Ampersand catering team at the 300-acre estate won a prestigious Footprint Award last week for responsibly sourcing its ingredients. The winners’ plaque now takes pride of place on the counter of The Stables restaurant.

Catering Manager, Beverley Richardson, said it was gratifying that her team’s commitment had been rewarded. She said:

'We work hard to achieve locally sourced food, maximising the use of sustainable kitchenware and linen, minimising the environmental impact of kitchenware production and linen, reducing oil and electricity consumption, reducing waste and reducing water consumption.

Adding that the approach is a holistic one:

'This award also acknowledges the close working relationship that the Wakehurst team have with its caterers, working together to achieve their shared environmental objects wherever possible.;

The annual awards are all about sourcing effectively and without damaging the environment and future supply chains. The panel of expert judges look for minimal environmental impact, invest, strategy, continuous scrutiny and long-term plans plus a net positive effect. They said it was hard to pick a winner in a fiercely fought category, but that the Wakehurst entry was 'a project with passion, clear goals and results', and they were delighted to reward Ampersand.

Contacts

Catering Manager Beverley Richardson tel: 01444 894040

Trevor Butler, PR and Marketing tel: 01444 894312 and 07768 780328

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