At Moors Valley we do our best to operate as sustainably as possible.
Here are just some measures we have introduced to reduce our carbon footprint and impact on the environment.
Reducing our carbon footprint:
- A 10kw photovoltaic system uses the sun’s energy to provide electricity for the railway station and toilets.
- Solar panels on the roof of the Visitor Centre heat the hot water to the hand basins in the ladies toilets at the Visitor Centre.
- A biomass boiler which is feed by a woodchip made from local sustainable sources heats the Visitor Centre and the hot water in the restaurant,
- Energy saving LED lights have been installed in several areas of the Visitor Centre.
- Motion activated lights in the toilets at the Visitor Centre and Railway mean that energy is saved when they are not in use.
- Seasons Restaurant work hard to source their ingredients and products locally in Dorset and the New Forest e.g. Best beef, rare breed pork, bacon products and certified wild boar comes from a small New Forest farm.
- Several Rangers work a ‘compressed working week’ so reducing the overal number of journeys to work.
Reducing and Recycling:
- Rainwater is collected from the roof of the Visitor Centre which is stored in an underground tank and then used to flush the toilets at the Visitor Centre.
- We aim to recycle 70% of our waste; currently we recycle all cardboard, paper, glass, plastic and metal.
- Food waste from Seasons Restaurant is also separated and collected for use in energy production. Cooking oil is collected and re-processed.
- Hygiene waste products (nappies and sanitary items) are collected and processed to be used as an alternative fuel source.
- We minimise paper use e.g by not printing out emails and have replaced the paper mailshot of the Moors Valley events guide with regular e-newsletters. Receipts and bags are only given on request.
- The Forest in and around Moors Valley is a working forest, managed by the Forestry Commission to the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS). The UKFS is the practice code for forest management, and details the conditions that must be met when felling trees, carrying out woodland operations and receiving grants. Practising sustainable forestry means managing our forests in a way that meets our needs at present but that does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
- All paper used is either recycled or is FSC paper from sustainably managed forests, with environmentally friendly inks where possible.
- We have started to use locally grown untreated sweet chestnut posts for fencing, rather than treated soft wood, so reducing chemicals
- Chainsaws in the Forest use vegetable oil rather than synthetic or fossil fuel oils.
- Fish and seafood is always fresh and sustainably sourced from the coasts of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.