Sustainability

 

Caring for our environment is just as important to us as caring for our guests. At The Christian Conference Trust, we take our environmental and social responsibilities seriously and we are currently working our way through a comprehensive 5-year action plan to ensure that your stay with us is as ecologically responsible as it can possibly be. We are blessed with hundreds of acres of land and serve hundreds of thousands of meals each year. We want to be good stewards of what we have been entrusted with and in the way we source our ingredients.

Here are some of the many eco-friendly initiatives we already have in place –

 
 
 

Food with a conscience

Wherever possible, our food and beverages are sourced from fair trade, rainforest secured and child labour free suppliers. We work in partnership with Paddy & Scott, our coffee supplier, to support the children of the farmers in coffee-growing countries of the world. Every bag of Lunch Box Coffee we buy provides a school meal for children in coffee growing regions, so that they can focus on studying and not where their next meal is coming from. Read more about our partnership here.

We are committed to sourcing as much locally produced food as possible, buying in-season produce, reducing the amount of food miles, helping to lower carbon emissions and supporting local farms and businesses. At our centres, we have even created our own gardens so that we can grow and pick fresh herbs every day for our guests to enjoy.

 
 

Thinking of our future

We are eliminating single use plastics throughout our centres. Bathroom amenities come in recycled plastic containers, your coffee will be poured in a proper reusable mug and we encourage our guests to turn down the radiators and heaters in your rooms and turn off lights when they are not in use, to save energy.

We’ve replaced 2,000 lightbulbs with eco-friendly alternatives over the last 2 years as well as switching to green energy tariffs. We encourage our staff to cycle to work by providing bike racks, and enable our guests to arrive in environmentally cleaner vehicles by providing electric charging points.

We have installed several hundred solar panels and two new air-source heat-pumps in 2020 to increase our renewable energy use.

 
 
 

Supporting our local wildlife

Our centres are set in acres of mature grounds, which include lakes, streams, woodland, countryside and farmland. It is our responsibility to protect these natural environments and to make them accessible to you, for your enjoyment.

To encourage nature conservation at our centres, we have created wildlife spaces including wild play areas, nest and bug boxes, new wetland, non-mowed areas and compost heaps for grass cuttings and uncooked waste fruit and vegetables and other garden waste.

We plan to develop new nesting and roosting sites for threatened and declining birds and animals, which will help to increase our biodiversity and encourage younger visitors to explore and enquire.

These are just a few of the many environmental and socially sustainable initiatives we are working on at the Christian Conference Trust as we endeavour to protect God’s creation for future generations.

 
 
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