The Hewetson-Brown family have been farming in Hampshire for three generations and in 1982 set up Coronet Turf to diversify into turf production pioneering a soil-less growing system which has transformed the concept of turf growing.
In 2003 managing partner James Hewetson-Brown started Wildflower Turf, a subsidiary enterprise, and developed the growing of Wildflower Turf to meet the demand for readymade wildflower meadows without the establishment problems associated with traditional seeding methods. Wildflower Turf has continued to expand successfully as a business over the years, fine tuning its seed mixes and techniques to produce a unique and high quality product.
Ashe Warren Farm
Production revolves around a dedicated team of 8 staff on a 10 hectare site with an annual capacity to supply 100,000 m² of turf to a diverse private and commercial customer base including gardeners, landscape contractors, architects, and educational establishments.
Our Wildflower Turf products now has a wide range of uses in garden, landscape and built environment projects, and an impressive set of green credentials. Whether it be a traditional wildflower meadow, green roof, or river bank Wildflower Turf has established itself firmly as a significant contributor to the environment through its ecological benefits, aesthetic qualities and ability to absorb carbon.
Wildflower Turf is currently working with a number of organisations to help create wildlife friendly environments for species such as bees, butterflies, voles and slow worms, to name a few. These organisations include The Natural History Museum, Sainsbury’s, The Environment Agency and Natural England. A number of councils throughout the country have used the turf to improve parks and open spaces in their areas, and many more have made enquiries for future projects. In addition the turf is specified by many architects for both green roofs and landscaping projects as a simple way of guaranteeing a wild flower meadow and the ecological benefits this brings.
Wilflower Turf is proud to have achieved a number of high profile awards for its Wildflower Turf including The Inspire Awards 2010 Micro Business of the Year, the 2010 Hampshire Magazine Business of the Year, and the 2008 Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability Business Award for Environment Innovation and Technology.
To produce this environmentally beneficial product, every effort is made to source sustainable ingredients such as recycled carpet and composted green waste, as well as carefully monitoring all inputs such as electricity and water.
P1 Established in the autumn of 2008.
P2 Established in two parts, one boom in autumn 2009 and the second in summer 2010.
a - is an empty bed after harvesting.
b - is established Wildflower turf about to be harvested.
c - is the bed having just been laid as compost and wildflower seed.
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