Family farm diversifies with new eco-toilet business

There’s an "increasing demand" for eco-friendly facilities at festivals, the family farm said
There’s an "increasing demand" for eco-friendly facilities at festivals, the family farm said

A family-run farm in Somerset has took an unusual diversification path with the launch of their new eco-toilet business.

Gilcombe Farm in Bruton, which hosts music festivals Shindig and Farmfest, has now built 400 chemical and water-free eco-toilets to use on-site.

Owners George and Andrew Portch have also acquired a number of flatbed trailers to transport the toilet blocks to other festivals across the UK, including Shambala and Field Trip.

The new business has enabled the duo to recruit two full-time members of staff.



George Portch, co-owner of Gilcombe Farm, said there’s an "increasing demand" for eco-friendly facilities at festivals.

With the support of HSBC UK, the farmers managed to tap into this expanding market.



Gilcombe Farm is a 300-acre family-run organic farm in the heart of Somerset, which also provides catering for festivals across the country using its home-grown organic produce.