Kent businesses back Living Land event

Countrystyle Recycling played its part in celebrating 20 years of fun and interactive learning opportunities centred around food, farming and the countryside when it took part in Living Land.

The event, which is run and managed by Kent County Agricultural Society, welcomed more than 2,000 Year 3 and 4 school pupils from across the county.

Countrystyle Recycling, a commercial waste management and recycling services company, was joined by colleagues from FGS Agri, FGS Organics, enVar and Verigreen, which are all part of Kent-based Heathcote Holdings.

The pupils had the opportunity to start growing their own sunflowers by filling seed pots with compost created by enVar, as well as trying their hand at litter picking.

An art competition on the stand also saw pupils create recycling-themed pictures, with 10 to be selected and displayed on the sides of Countrystyle Recycling waste collection lorries later this year.

Martin Heathcote, chief executive officer of waste group Heathcote Holdings, said: “As a family-owned land-based business, we put environmental sustainability at the heart of everything we do. 

“Living Land is important because it helps children make the connection between how we use the land to generate food alongside the need to ensure that we do everything we can to protect it.

“As a company, we spend a lot of our time supporting children and youth initiatives. At Living Land, it was great to show what we do – whether it was the organic fertilisers and compost we produce, our recycling and waste management or developing innovative new approaches to agriculture and land management.”

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