It means caring about where we live too.
Our ‘Look to the Future’ team meets regularly to talk about ways we can make a difference.
This is sometimes about saving energy, sometimes about recycling, and sometimes about how we can help our community.
In 2016 we were delighted to be awarded the “Green Key” accreditation which recognises our commitment to being environmentally responsible and provides our visitors with the confidence they are visiting a sustainable tourist attraction and we’ve retained it ever since. Here’s a few examples of the things we’re doing to try and change our small part of the world.
We’ve invested £700,000 in a biomass heating system using wood chip that is 100% renewable. It heats our fairground, Carousel Woods indoor play area, Jolly Barn, the Hungry Farmer restaurant and Tropical Trails exhibit, as well as our gift shop and staff offices. It also supplies hot water. The system will save 700 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
We’ve invested £250,000 in solar panels on our funfair roof to make our own electricity using the power of the sun. This means we will very soon be making all the electricity needed to run Folly Farm without having to use the power supply for our local area.
We’ve also invested in “eco” hand dryers for the toilets and hand washing areas across the park. These environmentally friendly dryers not only use less electricity but they reduce waste from the use of paper towels. We also went one step further and fitted auto-sensors on all the lights in our toilet blocks so they turn off when they’re not in use.
We use a lot of light bulbs in our vintage fairground – a whopping 10,000. So it seemed obvious to replace them all with low energy versions – saving 70% of the energy needed.
We’ve planted eight acres of willow because this is what our giraffes, and many of our animals, like to munch on. Now we don’t have to have to have it delivered which means fewer vehicles on the road and we’re making good use of our land. Best of all when the giraffes have finished eating all the leaves and bark from the willow, we chip it and re-use it for bedding for our animals.
Yes that’s right, poo! We’ve got a lot of it so when we clean out our animals, we collect it and spread it on our land to grow the willow and other vegetation for our animals. It goes full-circle.
Green Key award
We’re proud holders of the Green Key environmental accreditation. The eco-accreditation promotes sustainable tourism and guides businesses towards best environmental practices. We adhere to National and International Green Key criteria that have been designed to be easily understood by visitors, feasible for the tourism industry, and can be clearly verified through control checks.