Wooda and the Environment
At Wooda, we are dedicated to looking after our environment. We are proud to have been commended for our commitment through achieving the Gold award for the David Bellamy Conservation Scheme every year since 2002, and in 2010 we were also proud to have been commended with a 'Gold' award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
“Wooda Farm Holiday Park is set in 40 acres of parkland, with stunning views of the Cornish coastline and rolling countryside inland. We are located on the border of one of Cornwall’s twelve Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We believe this is one of the main reasons as to why our visitors choose to holiday with us, and are dedicated in providing visitors with a holiday of high quality whilst supporting our local community and preserving our beautiful surroundings for the prosperity and enjoyment of future generations.
At Wooda, we are already on the path to becoming green. We try and encourage our visitors to recycle to reduce the amount of waste produced; water saving measures are in place in our toilet and shower blocks to help us become more energy efficient, and low energy light bulbs are used throughout the park to preserve energy and reduce light pollution. We believe that small measures have a great impact.
Going green benefits us all. When you are on holiday at Wooda, you are in close contact with the environment. We believe we should try and give something back to the environment. We feel that your experience as a visitor could be enhanced by having the “feel good factor”, knowing that your enjoyment is having less of an impact. But most of all, we want to make sure that you have a wonderful holiday with us.”
So, what are we doing in being green?
We use low energy light bulbs. Low energy light bulbs use 80% less electricity but produce the same amount of light. By using less electricity, the amount of carbon dioxide produced is much less, therefore being more environmentally friendly.
We use water saving devices. Water is a precious resource which needs to be shared by people and wildlife alike. Water shortages can affect all wildlife and the environment. We use water saving devices also known as “hippos” in the cisterns of our higher flush toilets. This means that approximately 3 litres of water is saved every time a toilet is flushed. As our toilet blocks continue to be refurbished, our higher flush toilets will be replaced with low flush ones.
We use environmentally friendly cleaning products. At Wooda, environmentally friendly cleaning products are used within all our accommodation and toilet/shower blocks on the park. These products help to reduce the number harmful chemicals you are exposed to, therefore helping to keep you healthier and reduce the number of negative impacts to the surrounding environment. By using these products, it also allows many areas of infrastructure of the park to incur less damage.
We use recyclable products. To help support the environment even further, Wooda use recyclable black bags for the disposal of any waste. By using this as a method of helping to preserve our area, it means that when the bags or rubbish are taken away for further disposal they biodegrade and are therefore kinder to the environment. We encourage our customers to recycle glass, paper, plastic and aluminium. We have two recycling points on site. We recycle glass, paper, plastic and aluminium too.
We use our own ground water. The water used to feed the toilet and shower systems is naturally sourced from the ground using a water device called a Borehole therefore using less energy and water from the mains water supply.
We compost our grass cuttings. We collect all our grass cuttings, compost them and spread them on the ground at the end of the season to replenish the ground.
We use solar pannels. In 2010 we installed solar pannels into one of our toilet and shower blocks. The solar pannels heat stored water to service the showers and sinks for dishwashing, therefore saving gas that would otherwise be used.
We buy locally sourced produce. All of the produce used at Wooda is locally sourced helping to reduce the number of miles in which it travels to reach the park. We sell Cornish produce in the shop, and our restaurant uses locally sourced food too. By doing this, we reduce the number of food miles travelled, reducing air pollution within the area and supporting our local economy.
We employ staff that live within the local area. Each member of staff employed at Wooda lives within the local area. We see this as a positive impact to the environment as the distance that each employee travels is much less, and we are also supporting our local economy
How can you help us?
We believe small things have big impacts! Below are some of the things to think about whilst you are on holiday... and you never know you might like to take some of the ideas home with you and help conserve our planet!
- Recycle your waste where possible. We have two recycling points at Wooda; please use the map to locate the one nearest to you.
- Turn your appliances off when not in use, that standby light on your television uses more electricity than you would think
- Don’t leave the tap running unnecessarily – only fill the kettle with as much water as you need.
- Try and turn the lights off when you leave the room so not to waste electricity.
- Try and re-use carrier bags where possible. If you are buying eggs in our shop, why not reuse your egg carton?
- There is a bus that runs from the entrance of the park instead of using your car. Bude town is only a 30 minute walk and there are lots of lovely walks around Wooda to enjoy. Keep our air fresh!
Wildlife at Wooda
We have achieved Gold from the David Bellamy Conservation Scheme for the last few years. We are dedicated to conserving the flora and fauna, and providing habitats for the wildlife at Wooda, and will continue to do so into the future.
We have handmade owl, bat and bird boxes around the holiday park, providing nesting areas. The park is always full of colourful flowers which attract many varieties of butterflies and other insects.
Whilst at Wooda, you are able to take a stroll down to the farm and around the woodland walk, spotting many varieties of wild flowers and wildlife along the way. Birds can be seen singing from the high perches of the oak trees that line the bottom of the lane, and butterflies can be seen enjoying the flowery bank above the ponds, where you will also see sweet chestnut, oak, beech and rowan trees. The wood is a secret place where much more flora and fauna can be seen and wildlife can be spotted, why not come and see for yourself!
New for 2011, we have created a nature trail around the orchard and woodland walks. Make sure you pick up a quiz whilst you are here on holiday and answer the questions to learn more about the wildlife and flora and fauna we have here at Wooda.
We have a nature diary in reception and gratefully welcome any sightings of wildlife whilst you are on holiday at Wooda so we can record what has been seen. We also welcome any photographs, which we will also be displayed on our wildlife board.
Customer satisfaction is important to us, therefore we will endeavour to ensure our customers have an enjoyable holiday with us whilst protecting our natural environment in preservation for future generations.
- To reduce energy consumption through the use of low energy light bulbs and water saving measures
- To promote environmental awareness to our customers whilst not hindering enjoyment of their holiday
- To make sure the use of unnecessary hazardous substances and chemicals is eliminated, reduced or substituted where possible
- To make sure that any new developments at Wooda are undertaken so to reduce the impact on the environment
- To source and buy produce locally
- To continue to support the local area through employment and providing a venue for charity events
- To strive in protecting our natural environment for future generations to enjoy.
Five ways to be the best sort of visitor
Wherever we go and whatever we do, we have an impact. Make positive choices, and you can help us care for Cornwall and make that impact a positive one.
1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. At Wooda, we recycle! You can help us by refusing packaging and bags you don’t need, and using the two recycling areas that can be located on the map.
2. Get out of the car! Walking, cycling and riding are great ways to see the area without adding to traffic. Use public transport if you need to travel to your start point. The 519 bus service leaves the entrance 3 times a day. Please contact us for the bus times or collect a timetable from reception upon your arrival. Bikes can be hired from North Coast Cycles in Bude, and more information on walking and riding in the area can be found using the links on our ‘Nearby’ page of the website.
3. Stay Local, Eat Local, Buy Local. See Local Buy local – and you’ll see what Cornwall can offer, and benefit the communities of Cornwall. Visit farmers markets, farm shops, village stores, pubs and cafes. More information on farmers markets and farm shops can be found here. Our distinctive culture shines through the hundreds of community events that happen throughout the year – and the food and drink is simply fantastic...check out www.cornwalltasteofthewest.co.uk
4. Chill out! Switch off! You can see the stars at night in Cornwall! Help us reduce light pollution, energy use and CO2 emissions by switching off lights and all those standby buttons when you don’t need them. Help us reduce water consumption by using just the water you need; and then sit back and enjoy that view! More information on what we are doing with regards to energy consumption can be found in the section ‘Going Green’.
5. When in Rome. To enjoy Cornwall at its best, we can help you to get to know all the nooks and crannies of local knowledge – like beach safety, cultural events, and the Countryside Code which reminds visitors to protect plants and animals; take litter away; leave gates and property as you find them; keep dogs under close control; consider other people and users when visiting the countryside. More information on the countryside can be found at www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk, and visit our ‘Nearby’ page for more information on local events taking place in the area. If you would like any further information on anything mentioned above, please do not hesitate to contact us or visit the Coast website, www.cstn.org.uk.