Ribena's farm stewardship programme protects Britain's wildlife
Lucozade Ribena Suntory has appointed the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) Association to strengthen Ribena’s Environmental Farm Stewardship Scheme, which has helped an estimated 5,000 songbird chicks to hatch.
Originally introduced in 2004, the Environmental Farm Stewardship Scheme covers the 38 British farms which grow the blackcurrants used to make Ribena. This amounts to 4,000 acres of land across the UK, from Blairgowrie in Scotland to Herefordshire on the Welsh borders and Somerset in South West England.
The scheme has seen other vulnerable species protected, including bumble bees, water vole, yellow hammer and skylark birds. Three Ribena farms have also recorded annual sightings for 12 years of the grey partridge bird – a “Red Listed” endangered species.
FWAG will be working in collaboration with Lucozade Ribena Suntory’s agronomist to offer recommendations to each Ribena blackcurrant grower on how to improve their sustainability actions including an assessment of key environmental features and habitats on each farm.
Appointing FWAG to independently audit and advise on our Environmental Farm Stewardship scheme is our commitment to doing the right thing by not only the wonderful Ribena blackcurrant growers, but wider society too.
External Affairs and Sustainability Director