We take our environmental responsibility very seriously…
The spectacular setting and wealth of wildlife on and around the River Dart Country Park are important to us. Our environmental policy is such that we wish to enhance this. The company has dramatically reduced its Carbon Footprint by constructing our own hydro-electric generator using water from the river. This means we are self sufficient for 8 months of the year and it reduces our electricity consumption in the busy summer months. The unique hydro-dynamic screw (the first in the UK) was a finalist in the South West Regen Awards 2007 and won the DEBI (Devon Environmental Business Initiative) Renewable Energy Award for 2007. In 2009 we won the prestigious BCE Environmental Award in the SME category in recognition of the work that we have put in to reducing our carbon footprint. Our efforts continue to be recognised as finalist in the DEBI Low Carbon Business category in 2011 and Winner in the English Riviera & South Devon Tourism Awards for Sustainable Tourism.
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We have saved, from April 2007 until July 2013, over 1000 tons of carbon and have generated over 2,000,000 kWh of electricity worth in excess of £200,000 from our hydro.
Biomass Boiler and District Heating Scheme
In the spring of 2010 we installed a 133 kWh woodchip boiler with underground district heating pipes which provides hot water to both the Woodlands and Meadows amenity blocks, heating to The Old Sawmill, hot water and heating to Holne Park House and The Coach House Bed & Breakfast.
Saving 200 tons of carbon and £20,000 annually. Replacing 11 oil and LPG boilers.
Solar PV Scheme
In October 2011, a 20 kWh scheme was installed on the roof of an agricultural building and the power generated supplies the Meadows and Picnic meadows amenity blocks as well as two domestic dewllings with any suplus going back into the grid.
Recycling and Waste
Our aim is to have a “Zero waste to Landfill” policy. To assist with this goal, we have constructed recycling points on the campsite and around the Park (made from our own estate timber). We ask that all visitors and guests respect the Park and do their bit by keeping the park and campsite clean by not dropping litter and to sort their waste accordingly.
It is now important that all food waste is separated and campers will be provided with starch bags to put all food preparations and leftovers in. This waste will not contaminate our general rubbish and will be used in a local anaerobic digester to generate electricity.
We have installed a composter for our own kitchen food waste which provides a useful fertiliser and our waste carrier, Devon Contract Waste, is investing in new equipment which will assist in our aim of zero landfill.
We also encourage a plastic bag free environment and our very own River Dart Country Park reusable bags are available from our on site camping shop.
Conservation of Resources
We have a rolling program installing low energy light fittings, better insulation, dual flush WCs and percussion taps to reduce our consuption of power and water. We ask that visitors and guests use the plugs provided in basins and sinks – particularly when doing the washing up!
We ensure that all our cleaning products are environmentally friendly and bio-degradable. This also includes condiments provided in Holne Park House.