Environmental Management Plan

  1. We only use environmental products for washing-up liquid, shower gel and hand wash.
  2. We aim to reduce rubbish by recycling – we will spread one packet of heritage wild flower seeds for every bag of rubbish we have to landfill
  3. We have a bird table where guests can feed the birds.
  4. We teach permaculture principles of rain water capture, straw bale gardening, no dig and mulching (to conserve natural resources and keep soil life intact and remove the need for herbicides and pesticides.
  5. There is no electricity to the tipis encouraging guests to learn to live with less power
  6. Ash from fires and any compostable customer waste from bins is combined in wooden recycling bins, worms added at the end of the season from a local worm farm and this is quickly turned into compost the following year to use in the raised beds.
  7. Wild Food advice on hand to encourage guests to eat what is around them.
  8. We state a no plastic dining approach for all catering stalls
  9. We ask caterers provide only food from the UK or just across to the continent.  Not tropical imports.
  10. Visitor Plastic and glass bottles are recycled through a council recycling contract.
  11. We will have a straw pissoire (if allowed)
  12. All our teaching materials are natural, no plastics or toxic chemicals
  13. All our teaching materials are where possible native or at least temperate clime, we do not use tropical imports for our craft materials
  14. All the crafts we teach are hand-made ie use no mechanisation or electric.

Social Responsibility Policy

 

  1. We pay fair wages to local people – a living wage of £10 an hour We pay tutors a fair share of the profit of the workshops.  Turning on head the usual practise of shows keeping the main share.
  2. We can offer discount codes for people in receipt of certain incomes or ill health conditions and will endeavour to make reasonable adjustment to any courses to facilitate equality of access.
  3. We are happy to give discount codes to charities wanting to bring groups of service users. In the past we have worked with young people leaving care and found they loved this kind of education provision. So, do get in touch if you represent a group that could benefit.
  4. We occasionally fundraise and do a charity appeal – we once filled a lorry and took it to female refugees in Europe living on the streets with children.
  5. By buying only European made materials we reduce the chance of labour exploitation that can happen with tropical imports
  6. Staff are fully insured against accidents at work and suitable protective wear/equipment is provided, gloves wheelbarrows etc. 

 

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