We own and operate the Westwood Anaerobic Digestion plant located near Rushden which recycles food waste to produce renewable electricity for the national grid. One of the products of the anaerobic digestion process is a biofertiliser which helps to grow local crops. This biofertiliser is rich in nutrients and is applied to the farmland surrounding the plant by our sister company Bedfordia Farms (see their new website www.bedfordiafarms.co.uk).
We spread the biofertiliser twice a year. We are now approaching the second spreading season and will therefore be applying fertiliser to the fields in your area in the coming weeks. Every effort will be made to ensure minimal disturbance to local residents.
How is it spread and will it smell?
During the summer, the majority of the biofertiliser will be spread using an applicator which allows the fertiliser to be injected under the soil surface. This type of application is only suitable during the summer season following harvest of the spring crop. This technique assists in minimising the impact of the odour as the biofertiliser is incorporated into the soil following injection.
The biofertiliser has an odour, as does any other fertiliser or manure. Weather conditions play an important role in odour management and every effort will be made to ensure that spreading will only take place under favourable weather conditions. These will be continually monitored throughout the spreading period.
Why use biofertiliser?
This type of fertiliser is better for the crop and better for the environment as it replaces the need for chemical based fertilisers.
We are committed to being the best neighbour we can be and take your concerns seriously. Over past years we have invested a considerable amount on measures to improve fertiliser spreading and reduce odour and will continue to look at how we can improve in this area.
Your feedback is invaluable and can help us adapt our operations where necessary. If you have any further queries regarding any of the above or experience any problems during the spreading of the biofertiliser, please do not hesitate to contact us either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0844 326 7251.