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Stockwood Community Benefit Society

Social performance

Stockwood Community Benefit Society has been set up to maximise and foster positive social impacts generated by its activities as a landlord of a fully tenanted rural business park and bio-dynamic farm.

The Society considers that its primary social and environmental benefits are the encouragement of wildlife and reduction of environmental harm on the biodynamic farm; and support to the local economy from the Business Park.

Key Social Performance Indicators (KSPIs)

KSPIs are a measure of how the business is performing on delivering its main social or environmental purpose. Read more

KSPI 1 - Improved infrastructure

Stockwood has two priority areas of investment to improve the infrastructure: IT systems and the sewer system. Ongoing investment in the property ensures that the Business Park continues to innovate and develop for the benefit of all. Bringing fibre broadband to the site will enhance the offer to existing tenants and also open up the park to different types of business.Through attracting more tenants and maintaining current tenents, the long term sustainability of the buisness park is secured.

KSPI 2 - Energy Generation

The first (successfully completed) phase of the renewable energy programme focused on providing heat and cooling to business park tenants, through Ground Source Heating and Solar power, and attracted a valuable Renewal Heat Incentive (RHI) from the government. It also delivered helpful cost savings for the tenants and a significant improvement to the quality of their accommodation. The next phase is a development of wind power and expansion of solar power, with improvements to the existing heating/cooling system.

Stockwood has commissioned a quote for a farm-scale wind turbine in order to become energy self-sufficient. The installation cost for a Britwind Class 4 wind turbine (designed for low maintenance) is £82,000 (plus VAT), with generation for the site predicted to be 38,000kw p.a.

The site has another very large roof that could be covered with solar panels. Investigations are under way into linking some units to create a private supply so that our solar and wind generated electricity can be consumed by the tenants as well as the heat pumps. The planned £30,000 investment in solar and storage infrastructure is expected to generate a net surplus of at least £3,000 p.a. representing a minimum 10% Return on Investment.
 

KSPI 3 - Meeting the Environmental Objects of the Society

Rush Farm is biodynamic Demeter and organic Soil Association certified. Organic agriculture creates humus rich soil that locks up carbon, encourages wildlife and is a low input highly sustainable agricultural method.

Stockwood CBS has also been visited by representatives of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust to talk about their work supporting native habitats and aiding in the preservation of very rare brown hair streak butterfly. The Society also supports beekeeping and local Hedgehog Rescue and Preservation society.

The farm continues to operate successfully according to the Biodynamic principles. Animals, habitat and wildlife continue to thrive.

KSPI 4 - Meeting the Educational Objects of the Society

Stockwood CBSis working to develop land based education that is proven to help children challenged by mainstream education adjust and thrive. The planned education centre will enable children to find out where their food comes from and for farming apprentices to learn how to farm sustainably.

Stockwood provides a community of activity that promotes health and wellbeing. This involves staging a wide range of local trade events, farm events and training courses in the rural environment and sustainable business practices and organising public open days that in total have been attended by thousands of people. Rush Farm has held training and education events and hosted school visits, and with more investment, these activities can be expanded and developed.

Common environmental performance indicators (CEPIs)

CEPIs are environmental performance indicators that are common to all businesses, no matter what their main business activity is. Read more

As well as looking to decrease the amount of energy used on site, the Society can use the resources of Rush Farm and the Business Park to generate electricity and heat, thus further increasing its income and achieving its environmental objectives.

Carbon emissions

The Society intended installation of Solar and Heat power generators will help them to significanly reduce their carbon emissions.

The biggest Business Park tenant, Elysia,  uses Good Energy as their electricity supplier. Other tenants are supportive of lower energy bills and being (and being seen by their customers as being) as ‘green’ as possible.

Travel to work

The Society does not currently report on means of travel to work by its staff and tenants.

Waste and recycling

Around half of the respondents demonstrated recycling over and above the Landlord’s very high standards – much of what is recycled is used by other businesses on site, such as packaging.

Common Social Performance Indicators (CSPIs)

CSPIs are social performance indicators that are common to all businesses, no matter what their main business activity is. Read more

Creating local employment

The Business Park sustains 20 businesses and around 100 jobs. 

Community investment

Around half of tenants of the Business Park reported supporting a charity. A small number volunteer their skills for ‘community causes’ including the Farm and local schools.

Ethical procurement

The Society has a policy of securing its purchases form the most local and ethical sources available. The Society's main expenditures will be interest on loans and maintenance of the Business Park. Approaches are being made to ethical banks for loans. Local suppliers are used for all maintenance work where possible. 

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