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March 2014

Sparsholt College announce partnership for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

The Woodhorn Group, a family run business based near Chichester, has joined forces with one of the UK leading colleges for the land and environment, Sparsholt College Hampshire and global packaging company Huhtamaki for the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 

Sparsholt College Horticulture students have designed and will be building 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, which all the staff and students at the College have been using since last year.

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.  The entire garden will have a truly environmental and sustainable theme.

Horticulture lecturer Chris Bird, who is leading the 21 Extended Diploma students said: “Naturally we are already very environmentally aware and conscientious here at Sparsholt and our students have become quite the recycling champions around the College as part of this project. On a greater scale tough, they have also seen through this new partnership with The Woodhorn Group and Huhtamaki how two very different organisations, linked by common values, are playing a significant role in the manufacture of future friendly products which can be recycled and therefore re-used.”

A visit to Huhtamaki’s factory in Gosport inspired much of the student’s design for the garden.  The many production processes, the speed and efficiency of the machines and importance of recycling all influenced the students as they collectively came up with creative ideas for the exhibit.  As 17-year student John Monger commented: “The visit to Huhtamaki showed me how diverse the industry is which gave me more of an idea how to design the garden.”  He also observed: “Recycling is very important to the horticulture industry as it enables us to work with environmentally friendly materials.”  Fellow student Simon Walsha was very inspired by the Huhtamaki visit, as he said: “Big businesses can be genuinely environmentally aware.”

The Horticulture students also paid a visit to The Woodhorn Groups Waste Management facility in Chichester.  Here they gained a greater understanding of the recycling process and saw how disposable cups can gain a new life in the form of compost. 

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% 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.”

Sparsholt College Hampshire has a long history of Chelsea medal success achieving 5 Gold medals, 3 Silver-gilt medals, 4 Silver medals, 3 Bronze medals since 1998.

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Notes to Editor
·         Sparsholt College Hampshire, incorporating Andover College, is one of the largest colleges in the South East offering hundreds of full and part-time courses as well as bespoke training for business.
·         The College was recognised (in January 2009) as an Associate College of the University of Portsmouth which validates degree programmes at the Sparsholt College campus.
·         The Sparsholt College campus is a recognised as one of the country’s leading colleges for outdoor and land based industries.
·         The Andover College campus serves North Hampshire with a range of academic and vocational qualifications and includes a dedicated Sixth Form Academy.
·         The College has achieved the Matrix Standard accreditation for delivering information, advice and guidance services.
·         Sparsholt College Hampshire is on the UK government's Register of Education and Training Providers. The Sponsor Licence Number (SLN) on this register is G0J84DCF3.
·         The College was assessed for the quality of its Higher Education provision by the Universities and Colleges of Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency and received endorsements for the many areas of Good Practice.

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Sue Allison, Press and Communications Officer 01962 797563 /
Huhtamaki UK
·         Huhtamaki’s BioWare paper hot cups are manufactured using paperboard material that is PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) Chain of Custody certified.  PEFC is an international, non-profit organisation promoting sustainable forest management, for further information please visit
·         BioWare cups are fully certified in accordance with the European norm for compostability of packaging (EN13432), and can be composted within 60 days in the optimum condition of industrial composting facilities.
·         Huhtamaki’s environmentally-friendly BioWare range is the perfect way for caterers to enhance their ‘green’ image!  The comprehensive selection of high quality foodservice disposables comprises single-use cups, tumblers, food containers, Strongholders carry trays, cutlery and Chinet® plates and bowls; and fulfils the needs of various foodservice operators – from those operating caf├ęs, coffee shops and juice bars, to those who provide stadium catering and hotel dinner service.

The Woodhorn Group
·         The compost was created by the Woodhorn Group who shredded the paper cups supplied by Huhtamaki and mixed them with green and vegetation waste.  This was followed by two weeks’ sanitisation with every day checks, followed by 10 weeks’ stabilisation with weekly monitoring, before the final PAS100 assessment. Move to Woodhorn section
·         Established in 1882, The Woodhorn Group is a family run business based near Chichester in West Sussex.  All aspects of the business are managed with the objective of environmental and economic sustainability for both the Business and the Community in which they operate.
·         The Woodhorn Group operates two licensed recycling sites enabling significant diversion of green and wood waste from landfill in the South East.  Its range of Earth Cycle composts and soil conditioners provide eco-friendly, 100% peat-free products for use by trade and domestic customers.
·         Earth Cycle diverts locally produced green waste materials away from landfill and processes it into sustainable products, packed full of essential nutrients necessary for healthy soil, promoting strong disease free root growth.
·         The Woodhorn Group’s composts are full of essential nutrients that act as nature’s natural soil conditioner.  Adding organic matter improves soil structure and increases workability, whilst improving drainage in heavy clay soils.  The addition of Earth Cycle composts can also increase moisture retention in sandy soils, leading to improved drought resistance.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Seasoned Wood Logs

The Woodhorn Group is pleased to announce the launch of another new product - Seasoned Wood Logs. Earth Cycle Firewood Logs are fully seasoned from sustainable sources of woodland in West Sussex and Hampshire. Earth Cycle logs contain a hardwood mix of Ash, Silver Birch, Hazel and Cherry and are available in loose cubic metre loads or in bulk bags. Earth Cycle Seasoned Logs Ash – Excellent burning wood with low moisture content. Ash has a good flame and produces plenty of heat. Birch – Has a very good heat and produces a bright flame. Birch produces a nice aroma and works well when mixed with other slow burning woods. Hazel – good heat, burns well without spitting Cherry – Burns very slowly and produces a lovely heat. Cherry also produces a nice scent and does not spit Why buy Earth Cycle Seasoned Logs? Our hardwood Seasoned Logs have been carefully selected from sustainable woodland within the boundaries of Hampshire and West Sussex. They have been fully seasoned for over a year and have very low moisture contents. Delivery Our seasoned logs are sold in cubic metre loose loads and bulk bags Free delivery within 5 miles of our production site in Aldsworth, West Sussex. For further details click here


The Earth Cycle team will be exhibiting it's products at Futurescape 2013 on 19th November 2013. If you are a Landscape Contractor, Specifier or Architect - this show is a must for you. Please follow this link for more details

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

The Woodhorn Group Football Pitch

The Woodhorn Group's own football pitch receives a dressing of our Earth Cycle Soil Conditioner courtesy of ACS Contracting

Friday, 20 September 2013


The Sales team of Mike Jupp & Phil Short enjoying the wonderful sunshine at the SALTEX show in Windsor in early September. The Woodhorn Group sales team were exhibiting their full range of peat free landscaping products.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

EarthCycle Compost utilising recycled paper cups used in Award Winning Pre-School Garden Makeover

We have recently been involved in a compost trial, in association with Huhtamaki UK, the foodservice packaging business based in Gosport, using their BioWare biodegradable cups as an ingredient in our compost. Huhtamaki first approached the Woodhorn Group back in August 2012 regarding a PR project they wanted to run involving their biodegradable drinking cups. They wanted to demonstrate how their BioWare cup material could be successfully composted, and essentially close the loop of one of their sustainable products. A community project and competition was initiated by Huhtamaki involving The Woodhorn Group, Sparsholt Collage Hampshire, Gosport Borough Council and Sodexo and attracted 11 entries from pre-schools, nurseries and community groups.
The winner, Brockhurst Pre-school in Gosport, received a makeover of their garden using compost produced by The Woodhorn Group incorporating Huhtamaki’s BioWare cups to a PAS100 and CQP certified standard. The garden then went on to win two Certificates of Excellence awarded by Gosport Borough Council in Best School Floral Display and Best School Vegetable Garden categories.
This was an interesting project for The Woodhorn Group to get involved in and something we had never attempted before. We believed it fitted in well with our own sustainable goals and vision for the future. Being PAS100 and CQP certified, we are bound by this certification to follow set criteria throughout the composting process to ensure we produce a compost that is safe, reliable, and of the highest quality. Before we could accept the cups, we had to ensure they were certified to British Standard EN 13432 to be accepted in the PAS100 process and that any residue waste that may remain in used cups could be accepted under our current site permit issued by The Environment Agency. No special dispensation was needed as we were already licensed to accept cardboard waste. Once this was all confirmed it was decided to carry out the project at our Runcton Composting Facility. Runcton was deemed the most suited of the sites to carry out a project of this nature due to their windrow batch size, space available on site and logistical reasons.
A trial was initially thought appropriate as we were not sure the material would compost within the site’s 12 week process, however, time became of the essence and fortunately the material was breaking down well. Liaising closely with Huhtamaki on all aspects of the project was vital. The site received pre-processed BioWare material from Huhtamaki’s factory, delivered to us in a roll, which was added to the green waste already on site, and shredded. The material then went through its normal 2 weeks’ sanitisation and 10 week stabilisation before being screened off to 25mm followed by a full PAS100 analysis. The compost passed all parameters. The tonnage required by Huhtamaki to carry out their garden makeover project was collected by Sodexo. The project, however, was not without its challenges; receipt of the material in its pre-processed form; dealing with litter on site during initial shredding and turning; and storage capacity of the finished product, however, with organised management on-site and continual communication with Huhtamaki, the project was a success. The Woodhorn Group would be more than happy to participate in another similar project in the future.
Children and staff from the Pre-school attended the award ceremony on 17 July at the Thorngate Halls, where they were presented with their Certificates of Excellence by the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor John Beavis and Meridian Television’s Fred Dinenage. The BioWare Garden, which opened in May, was designed by Horticulture student Dan Pearce from nearby Sparsholt College, Hampshire and featured jungle, learning and play zones for the children to enjoy. A major aspect of the Garden creation involved the children planting the flowers and vegetables in the compost, learning about how compost is made and where their food comes from. Sheila Simpson from Brockhurst Pre-School said: “We are just delighted that our BioWare Garden has been given this fantastic recognition. So much hard work and effort has gone into creating and maintaining it and it is wonderful for it to be honoured in this way. It is an invaluable resource to us and brings so much joy to the children.”

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Woodhorn staff enjoy summer BBQ

On Saturday 13 July, on a beautiful summer's afternoon, all the staff from the various Woodhorn operations came together at the farm for a family BBQ. Over 70 of us enjoyed a delicious BBQ and fun and games. We had a bouncy castle, giant games, ping pong, football, and the most popular of all - space hopper races! These became very competitive and involved several individuals spending more time off their space hoppers than on! The winning team is pictured below.