Environmental Policy

The Willoughbridge Garden Trust Environmental Policy – July 2015 (updated)

  1. Outline:
  2. The Willoughbridge Garden Trust manages 12 acres of diverse and semi-natural gardens in Staffordshire. It attracts a long-term average of 24,000 visitors per year. The garden also contains 3 significant buildings and a series of other smaller powered / heated outbuildings (lower car park toilets, gardeners’ shed and greenhouses).

    The main buildings are listed thus:-

    • Tea room / office complex
    • The Lodge
    • The Bryan Mayer Pavilion

  3. Environmental Principles:
    • The Trust is committed to protecting the environment.
    • The Trust considers the environment in all aspects of its activities.
    • The Trust recognises that its environmental responsibilities extend beyond the boundaries of its properties.

  4. Policy Aims:
    • Climate change – The Trust will take steps to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases, to identify actions to mitigate the impact of and to adapt to climate change. It will encourage action by others by setting an example and within the organisation.
    • Education – The Trust will promote good environmental practice at its properties and in its everyday operations and will organise education projects / awareness which encourage caring for the environment.
    • Biodiversity – The Trust will act to conserve biodiversity on its land and properties and will promote biodiversity.
    • Energy – The Trust will aim to reduce its energy use and support the use of energy from renewable resources where possible and appropriate.
    • Waste – The Trust will aim to reduce its use of materials and, where appropriate, recycle or reuse materials.
    • Water – The Trust will aim to reduce its overall water consumption and introduce sustainable management of wastewater in appropriate locations.
    • Purchasing – The Trust aims to take environmental impacts into consideration when purchasing goods and materials and, as far as possible, to procure food and catering supplies from local sources.
    • Legislation – The Trust will comply with all relevant environmental legislation and aim to adopt best practice and standards in any codes of practice.

  5. Monitoring and Communication:
    • Monitoring: The Trust will set up procedures to measure its existing environmental impact and will report annually on its performance against objectives and targets.
    • Communication: The Trust is committed to keeping its members, visitors and staff up to date on its environmental performance and to reporting regularly on actions taken to reduce its environmental.