Environmental considerations are at the heart of our charitable mission. We believe that all Wildwood Trust activities should be undertaken with minimal adverse impact on the environment.
Wildwood Trust is committed to:
- Reducing emissions arising from energy usage within our parks.
- Managing waste efficiently and recycling/composting when possible.
- Enhancing biodiversity at our parks.
- Reducing water use.
- Using all resources responsibly.
- Improving awareness of sustainability.
Reducing emissions arising from energy usage within our parks
Our cafe, main office and Education Centre at Wildwood Kent all use wood-burning stoves for heating. We are looking to reduce our energy consumption by installing LED lighting and renewable energy systems in the future.
Managing waste efficiently and recycling/composting when possible
We are reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill and are working on reducing this even further. We recycle the wood used to build our parks, by re-purposing old enclosures and using wood chip around the park. Our Beaver Lodge Cafe at Wildwood Kent has introduced a number of measures to cut down on the impact on the environment, including:
- Using serviettes made from un-bleached recycled paper
- Providing PLA straws
- Encouraging the use of re-usable / re-fillable drinks containers
- Replaced carbonated bottled drinks with aluminium cans
- Using only Birchwood disposable cutlery & stirrers
- Replacing bottled water with re-useable branded bottles and aluminium cans
- Replaced children’s bottled drinks with Tetra-pack alternative
- Replace plastic container juice drinks with aluminium cans
- Replaced existing hot drink disposables with compostable / PLA alternative
- Replaced cold drink cups with PLA alternative
- Providing discount drinks for customers using re-usable cups
- Recycling waste oil to bio fuel
- Crisp packets collected and recycled separately
- Replaced individual plastic sauce sachets with refillable squeezy bottles
With these measures in place we have reduced the use of single use plastic by around 85%, and will be 95% compostable / recyclable by the end of 2019.
Enhancing biodiversity at our parks
We encourage wildlife to our site with ponds, log piles and bird boxes.
Reducing water use
We are reducing water usage at the park through improved management and will soon be collecting rainwater into water butts for use on site.
Using all resources responsibly
- We sell only sustainably sourced fish in our cafe and are working towards ensuring that only sustainable palm oil is used in the products we purchase including food and cleaning products.
- We use only ecologically friendly cleaning products.
- We try as much as possible to communicate electronically (email, online, digital marketing, social media) with our visitors and members to minimise using printed paper. When we do print, we work with companies that use chemical-free printing plates, vegetable-based ink and carbon balance schemes. The paper supplied for our leaflets is from a company which works with Woodland Trust to mitigate the CO2 emissions generated by the production, storage and distribution of the paper by planting new trees.
Improving awareness of sustainability
Our staff are committed to our green philosophy, and we are adding signs to demonstrate to visitors how they can help to protect our environment.