Rhug Estate win highest sustainability award at the Footprint Awards



The good and the great of foodservice and hospitality operators and the industry supply chain gathered last month, for the “Footprint Festival” themed Footprint Awards with the Rhug Estate, Corwen, coming home triumphant, winning the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources category.

The Sustainable Use of Natural Resources category focuses on the efficient management and use of natural resource – be that water, fuel, land, energy to meet the needs we have today and help sustain those resources for use by future generations.​

Lord Newborough and Philip Hughes of Rhug Estate receiving Footprint Sustainability award from compère​ Mark Durden-Smith

Judges in this category focused on significant provable reduction of use of natural resources, impact, lifecycle, efficient management, renewable resources and technology.

Rhug Estate won for their entry about making the Estate more sustainable through renewable heat and power generation, with the judges saying: “Rhug Estate have great projects bringing farming and energy conservation together. They have a fantastic approach to circular farming methods and demonstrating the best of local provenance.”

On collecting the award Lord Newborough said: “It's a real honour to have won this very prestigious and exciting award. The Footprint Award is what it is all about, it is such a stimulus to us all and will motivate us to achieve greater things in the future.

Philip Hughes from Rhug Estate with the Footprint Sustainable Use of Natural Resources Award stood by our Solar Array on the estate

“Renewable technologies are being added to the Estate year on year with Rhug already utilizing wind, water, sunlight, biomass, ground source and air source energies to produce electricity. Our latest project has been a solar array with a capacity of 1,250kwh, further reducing our carbon footprint. On Christmas Eve 2015 another solar array with a capacity of 200kwh was installed to supply the Shop and Estate Office, with the excess going to the grid. In terms of consumption this means that after taking daylight hours and the weather into account the 200kwh array will be producing enough electricity to supply 50 houses for a whole year.”

“I firmly believe that our children and grandchildren will be the main beneficiaries as suitability is our future. This is what we at Rhug Estate are all about and what we are aspiring to achieve, it is our ethos and the foundation on which we must build for the future. Rhug Estate key players in this department are Philip Hughes and Emma Story and they deserve great credit for what they have achieved in a short time.”

Shortlisted were:

  • Coca-Cola Enterprises
  • Eau de Vie
  • The Garden Cider Company
  • The Rhug Estate

Runner Up were Coca Cola Enterprises for their entry about reducing their water impacts.