A FAMILY-RUN waste management business, The Woodhorn Group, has joined forces with Sparsholt College Hampshire and global packaging company Huhtamaki for the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The Chichester-based firm has worked with Sparsholt College horticulture students, who will build a sustainable-themed garden in compost produced by The Woodhorn Group.
The compost has been generated from the recycling of Huhtamaki’s environmentally-friendly disposable cups, BioWare.
Plants for RHS Chelsea are currently being grown in the Woodhorn-produced compost before they are planted into the garden which has been inspired by Huhtamaki’s manufacturing process and green credentials.
Students from the college visited The Woodhorn Group and Huhtamaki to get a better understanding of the firms.
Morgan Davies, waste recycling manager for The Woodhorn Group, said: “The partnership with Huhtamaki and Sparsholt College has been a great opportunity to prove that a manufactured biodegradable product can be effectively recycled into a usable, quality material that is not only 100 per cent natural, but has a genuine benefit as a soil conditioner and improver.
“Hosting Sparsholt College at our composting facility offered not only an excellent chance to introduce the horticulture students to the processes involved in manufacture, but showed them how efficiently the loop can be closed. They now understand every aspect of the partnership, from cup manufacture to final recycling and production of the compost. It gave them a real insight into how sustainable and environmentally-friendly compost production can be.”