Here at Wooda Farm Holiday Park, we are so lucky to be surrounded by some of the most stunning natural scenery, cleanest beaches and flora and fauna in the whole country, if we do say so ourselves! And if you’ve visited this area we are sure you’ll agree.
However, this natural beauty that we all love, whether it be in Bude and the surrounding area or further afield, is sadly under threat from the ever-increasing threat of climate change and the lack of action being taken by governments and large corporations to negate it. The effects of climate change are becoming increasingly apparent, with rising global temperatures, melting ice caps, and extreme weather events becoming more frequent and severe. In response to this, it is crucial that we take action to reduce our carbon footprint and transition towards renewable energy sources. One initiative, that has been around since 1970 and was enacted in response to the lack of environmental legislation in the US, is Earth Day.
Earth Day 2023
Earth Day is now an annual event that takes place on April 22nd to promote environmental protection and raise awareness of the challenges facing our planet. It has grown exponentially since its inception and now mobilises over 1 billion people in over 190 countries worldwide every year.
This year, on Earth Day 2023, we find ourselves facing unprecedented environmental crises that threaten the health and well-being of our planet and all living beings on it. After the final part of the IPCC’s (The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report was released earlier this year delivering the bleak message that it was; the “final warning moment for humanity to take drastic action to prevent irreversible damage to our planet”, a moment like Earth Day 2023 feels more needed and appropriate than ever and one we should take part in any way we possibly can.
The theme for Earth Day 2023 is “Restore Our Earth,” which emphasizes the need to heal and regenerate our planet’s damaged ecosystems.
On April 22nd, we should all be taking a moment to appreciate the beauty and diversity of our local (and our planet’s at large), ecosystems and the many species that call it home. Biodiversity is essential for maintaining the health and functioning of a healthy world, and we must do all that we can to protect it.
Sustainability at Wooda
At Wooda we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and have taken a whole host of steps to reduce our impact on the planet and lessen the effect that a holiday has on climate change. For starters, a holiday taken by the people of England and Europe on the North Cornwall coast is a great way to take a well-earned break without the need to fly, whilst still enjoying your time off in the lap of luxury. Who needs California when you’ve got Kernowfornia right on your doorstep!? With golden beaches, superb surf and some of the most stunning scenery around, helping to remind us how important it is to maintain an eco-friendly life, you can have the holiday of a lifetime without the air miles and emissions that a holiday abroad can potentially bring.
We have also enacted a range of energy-saving and sustainable practices on-site to make sure that when you are holidaying with us you aren’t increasing your carbon footprints any more than necessary. Sustainability at Wooda Farm Holiday Park is a constantly evolving process and we are consistently upgrading the site to make sure we are doing as much as we can to help the plight of the planet whilst proving holidays that you’ll never forget at the same time.
Water Saving at Wooda
Water is a precious resource and one that we all rely upon and, here at Wooda, we are doing everything we can to reduce our usage. We have special devices in a number of our toilets called hippos that save up to 3 litres of water in every flush. We also have a borehole that feeds our toilets and shower blocks which saves on energy and water from the mains supply. We also have a rainwater harvesting system we use for all of the cleanings of our caravans.
Recycling at Wooda
We have two recycling points on site that we encourage all guests to use as much as possible and we use biodegradable bin bags which are much kinder to the environment.
Solar Powered Holidays
There are 340 solar panels on site that help us to drastically reduce our energy consumption and provide 170kw of power for our park, covering around 50% of our usage.
We use a huge amount of locally sourced produce in our on-site restaurant and shop which helps to reduce food miles and whenever we build we are always using local materials and labour, where possible, benefiting local companies and reducing travel times. Our staff are also all locals or live right here at Wooda, reducing the miles that people would have to travel to work. This is also a great bonus for the local economy in Bude and the surrounding areas.
Low Energy Lightbulbs
We only use low-energy lightbulbs that help to reduce electricity consumption by 80% compared to regular bulbs
We compost all the grass and garden waste and reuse it each year to replenish our grounds. Negating the need for harmful pesticides and compost in plastic bags.
Wildlife at Wooda
We are also super proud to hold a Gold from the Bellamy Conservation Scheme which we have done for over ten years now. This is due to our dedication to conserving the local flora and fauna on site, with projects like our bat and bird boxes, wildflower planting, nature diary, nature trail and the care we put into local and native wildlife, trees, flowers, ponds and the upkeep of the grounds with sustainability a top priority.
We have also been working with the Bude Cleaner Seas Project for a number of years which is a charity dedicated to keeping the waters around Bude and North Cornwall clean and free from anything that could be detrimental to the ocean ecosystem and our health.
So this Earth Day, why not consider what your impact is on the planet we all call home and help to do your bit to reduce your carbon footprint and make for a happier and healthier tomorrow for all living things? And when you are considering your next holiday forget the Costa Del Sol and get yourself to the Costa Del Wooda for a holiday of sun, sea and sand without the cost to the environment a holiday abroad can bring.
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