Energy and water efficiency
While providing a haven for wildlife, we’re also committed to sustainability and limiting our impact on the environment. In recent years, we’ve invested in:
- Solar panels on the roof of our Reception building
- An energy efficient boiler in our amenities block with lagged pipework
- LED and solar lights around the park
- Rainwater collection for plant watering
Reducing our energy usage
Our solar panels, installed in early 2019, are in the feed-in tariff scheme. In addition to switching all our lights to LEDs, the lights in our amenities block are on ‘person-in-room’ (PIR) sensors. There are chains of solar lights at the park entrance and there’s also a trail of solar lights to guide you to the shower block at night.
Reducing our water usage
We’ve taken measures to reduce our water use. In 2019, we installed a large rainwater collection system.
Having planted over 2,500 hedge whips for the 2019 season, we needed to make sure we could water them in the most eco-friendly way possible. The system consists of three enormous 1,000 litre butts and these are made from recycled containers that were previously used for chemicals.
Using our own wood and eco products
We use wood from our own woodland to mark out paths. We also use organic cleaning products in the shower and toilet blocks.
The briquettes for fire pits are high energy fuel made from recycled waste from horse stables. These burn more efficiently and steadily, also reducing the danger of spitting or flying embers.
Disposing of waste
In 2019, we also installed a grey water point for guests where chemical toilet waste goes into a natural bio-digester sewerage system. This filters all waste water before being discharged into a local river, which is regularly monitored. We’re pleased to report that the river has plenty of fish, otters and dragonflies.
We’ve also developed our recycling centre where you can dispose of your rubbish for recycling.