A large part of the History of Highfield is the family business of market gardening. Melbourne is still associated with market gardening to this day. It was one of the major trades of the town from the late 1800s to early 2000s. Families and businesses would grow vegetables for the local cities of Derby and Nottingham.
Our site continued to be used for the family market gardening business until 1995. The original borehole was sunk which provided irrigation for the crops and vegetables that were sold.
In 2003 the family business diversified as we got the water source tested. This resulted in the discovery of pure spring water and a new business was formed. The same borehole is still utilised for the business today. It enables us to extract our pure spring water from 220ft underground.
This has meant we still utilise the same land our family move to in 1912. We have continued the family trend of living off the land for well over 100 years.