Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and producer of renewable energy, has been recognized for its work in sustainability with a win at this years ‘Green Innovation and Finance Awards’. The award came as Rich Clothier, third generation family member and managing director at Wyke Farms, was announced as ‘Business Leader of the Year’.
Clothier’s passion for sustainability resonated with the judges, who awarded his great ambition for Wyke Farms, and for rewriting the farming narrative. Clothier was recognised for his passion for ‘practical environmentalism’ in addressing carbon emissions and water usage in farming and in helping to make their long-standing family business more environmentally sustainable and also financially sustainable at the same time. Clothier stood out in this category as a keen advocate for sustainable farming, speaking at many conferences around the country in order to encourage others. The judges also highly commend Juliet Davenport at Good Energy as an ‘icon in the space’.
Cloithier would like to see the government providing more financial help to members of the public, communities and farmers who wish to use their natural assets, such as South facing roofs for solar or organic waste for anaerobic digestion, in order to help the environment.
Previously known as the ‘New Energy and Clean Tech Awards,’ the newly named Green Innovation and Finance Awards have been leading the way in recognising critical achievements and developments in the clean energy sector, and rewarding those committed to the growth of the green economy
Wyke Farms has been producing its award winning cheddar to their secret family recipe for over 150 years and has grown to become one of the largest family-owned cheese makers in Britain selling over 15,000 tonnes annually to 160 countries around the world.
Wyke Farms has over 150 years of family farming experience. Wyke Farms’ cheese and butter is made with the milk from its cows grazing the Mendip Hills in the centre of the Cheddar making region in Somerset.