We designed BeWILDerwood to have a light environmental impact and to carry a sustainable approach throughout every aspect of the business. We want to make sure that we do our bit for the environment and local economy, so here’s a list of our achievements to date:
- Food sold on site is sourced locally, wherever possible
- Our BeWILDerboats are reclaimed lifeboats, converted to electric
- Fences within the site have been made from wood harvested in our own woods
- We have helped to upgrade local footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths to allow sustainable access and are home to Broadland Cycle Hire to allow people to explore further beyond our gates
- We have planted more than 14,000 trees helping to enhance our woodland environment, which has gone a long way to reducing our, already light, carbon footprint
- From grand plans to smaller ones (nonetheless one of our more effective!) – we've updated our toilets with push taps
- We recycle over 70% of our waste by sending it all off to a lovely waste recycling company that sorts everything by hand, wowee! We use fun bin signage to encourage our vistors to help us recycle. Maybe as a result and certainly an additional benefit, we have almost zero litter, even on the busiest days – we find visitors respect the woodland environment they are playing in
And finally we have really strong Tree and Environmental Management Plans for a previously unmanaged landscape. We have almost created the ultimate recycling project – a new use for land that had been lovely, but almost useless and accidentally created up to 70 new jobs for local people in the process.
New stuff we've added or done recently....
- For 2011 we decorated our birthday party yurts with twigglish decorations using a new type of felt called "Eco-Fi". It's made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles!