Sustainability

what we do…

Sustainability

Wilderness Meadows

The venue is surrounded by 30 acres of land which is home to a wealth of wildlife. It is important to us to not only accommodate this but encourage it to keep thriving for future generations to enjoy. Each year we leave acres of land untouched to allow nature to flourish and to protect the habitats of the local wildlife. Our wilderness meadows encourage local biodiversity and are enjoyed by plenty of bees, butterflies, and other insects.

Sustainability

Supporting Local

We work alongside an array of local suppliers within the wedding industry. It is important to us that our couples use the fantastic businesses that are on our doorstep and support these local and independent companies. Our handpicked, approved caterers also see the value of sourcing local, high quality and seasonal, fresh produce. This sustainable sourcing enables food & product transportation emissions to be kept to a minimum.

Sustainability

The Acorn Bar

We have recently made conscious changes to our bar menu and the products we stock. We have taken time to research these products and have been mindful of the brands we have chosen, ensuring they are local, organic, carbon neutral or sustainably sourced. Many have received awards to recognise their green credentials. To reduce wastage, we dry out our leftover fruit to create garnishes for our drinks and cocktails. We also use products that are packaged in glass bottles as opposed to plastic, all of which are recycled.

Sustainability

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

At the venue, we try and keep our wastage to a minimum and encourage all staff and guests to recycle where possible. We work alongside an external waste management company to ensure all our waste is recycled and disposed of responsibly. We try to keep our paper and ink usage as low as possible and any paper used is always recycled. When decorating and updating the venue, we always try to upcycle, reupholster, or repurpose furniture and décor where we can instead of always buying new.

What you can do

Seasonal Flowers

It may not be something that immediately springs to mind, but ordering flowers which aren’t seasonal means you’ll need to transport them from overseas. As well as the added cost, this results in higher levels of CO2 emissions, as well as the use of potentially harmful chemical fertilisers. Opting for flowers that are in season for your wedding month and grown within the UK is a much more sustainable choice.

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Pre-loved Items

For weddings, many couples buy everything brand new including outfits, jewellery & hair accessories which after the event, are often never worn or used again. It is now popular to hire suits and bridesmaids’ dresses and many female guests now hire an outfit just for the day instead of buying new. Why not buy a pre-loved wedding dress or create something completely unique from a loved one’s old wedding dress. You could also consider using family heirlooms for engagements rings and wedding bands instead of buying new. Perhaps this could be your something old, borrowed, or blue?

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Natural Confetti

We encourage couples to use natural and biodegradable confetti such as dried flower petals. This means that it can be quickly broken down after it’s thrown. Other types of confetti such as foil or tissue paper contain plastics and harmful dyes which can have a negative impact on the surrounding plants and wildlife.

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Single Use Items

In recent years, items such as flip-flops, glow sticks, blankets, and disposable cameras have become popular for weddings, however, these single-use items are often just thrown in the bin as soon as the event has finished which has huge impact on the environment. Why not ask guests to bring a spare pair of flats for dancing or use their phone torches to light up the dancefloor? Blankets can be donated to local animal shelters after use and there are now several apps that allow guests to share all their photos with you.