British apple and pear growers care about the environment. They minimise energy use, avoid as much waste as they can, recycle and encourage biodiversity while producing delicious fruit.
To keep a check on things, British growers are members of assurance schemes. These schemes require growers to keep detailed records of all plant protection products they use and maintain records of
the servicing of machinery and equipment together with the disposal of waste. Independent audits are undertaken and growers who fail to meet the necessary standards are delisted as suppliers. Similar
schemes apply to packhouse operators and those who store fruit.