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Hendra Environmental – Sustainable Tourism
Here at Hendra we are actively and continuously striving to reduce the impact of our operation on the environment and landscape.
In 2011 Hendra switched over to our new 10-acres solar farm, built adjacent to the park. The 1.5 Megawatt facility is believed to be one of the first large installations to go live in the UK and now provides up to 70% of the power to what is one of Cornwall’s biggest holiday facilities. Six thousand two hundred and sixty 230W solar panels have been installed adjacent to Hendra.
Jon Hyatt for Hendra said, ‘Its always been a concern for Hendra that we operate the business in sustainable way, minimising the impact on the environment as much as possible.’
Oasis Pool has undergone many steps to make sure that its reliance on fossil fuels were greatly reduced. It was critical that the visitor experience was not unreasonably compromised, so the implementation of technologies had to be carefully evaluated and continually monitored. Such measures included a new ultra-efficient pool water filtration & heating system, thermal storage, and a re-engineered air handling unit, together with a management system to integrate the running of these various elements.
Hendra built a Biomass boiler in 2014, which uses wood chip to heat the indoor pool. The fuel store holds over 30 Tonnes of wood chips and each year we will use around 300 Tonnes of sourced wood chip to displace up to 60,000 litres of oil used per year. The wood chip is sourced from local and sustainable sources, and we have supplemented this with cuttings from around the Park (especially when we had to fell the Pine trees in 2016).
In 2015 we were very excited to fire up our second biomass boiler to complement the original boiler and extend our non-fossil fuel heating capability via an underground heater main to both the outdoor pool and Oak shower block, saving a further 40,000 litres of oil each year!
This saves around 350 Tonnes of CO2, further reducing our carbon footprint to 20% of our 2001 level. The emissions from the burning process are very clean and good for the environment, with the only by-product being a 1% ash residue. This ash has a rich content and we will spread this on our grounds as a supplement to fertiliser.
We were grateful to receive support through the European Regional Development Fund to help enhance the sustainability of the Oasis fun pools and reduce our impact on the environment.
Hendra’s commitment to being a sustainable business was recognised with the Gold Award for Sustainable Tourism at the 2016/17 Cornwall Tourism Awards, building on the ‘Winner of Winners’ award at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards in 2011.
We think it is important to keep the birds and the bees happy, not only because it is nice to see wildlife whilst on the holiday park, but also because it is important for sustainability. We won the Britain in Bloom Commercial Award from the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society; the UK’s leading gardening charity) in 2012. In 2013 we won a Gold David Bellamy Award, in 2016 we won the South West in Bloom Gold award together with accreditation by the Green Acorn SECTA Scheme (2015). Most recently, in 2018, Hendra won two South West in Bloom Awards, a Gold award for the Tourism and Leisure category and the Bruford Cup for Best Horticultural Displays in the South West. In 2018 we added wild flower seed areas on the Park to encourage pollination in insects. All of these were awarded to us, not only because of our beautiful grounds, but also because of our commitment to sustainability.
We look after the wildlife on Park, after-all it is their home too! We have boxes for bats so they have somewhere to roost, which is located at the gable end of the Play Loft. We also have a bug hotel (pictured left), located outside the Oak toilet block which is home to a range of bugs, birds and other creatures.
Helping local schools learn about plastic pollution
Hendra has funded local schools to have Ellie Jackson’s Wild Tribe Heroes books in the classroom. These books teach children about the problem with plastics in the ocean, with tales such as Duffy’s Lucky Escape, Marli’s Tangled Tale, and Nelson’s Dangerous Dive. The books have been a huge success. The Wild Tribe Heroes books have received personal letters of congratulations from Sir David Attenborough and Prince Charles, along with lots of coverage in the national and local press.
Encouraging Guests to clean up Cornwall
Tidal Revival is an app that we actively support, with posters up around the Park. You download the app, do some beach cleaning and get prizes. The more plastic that you pick up the more points you get and you can claim different gifts from different businesses and attractions in Cornwall – keep Cornwall clean and get rewarded.
We encourage recycling throughout the Park and in 2017 we added ‘freecycle’ points to our recycling areas to encourage guests to ‘freecycle’ their unwanted beach goods and holiday items rather than throw them away. Guests buy them to use on their holiday but don’t want to pack and take them home, that’s a lot of buckets and spades, windbreaks, bodyboards and portable barbecues!
Guests leave their unwanted but undamaged and re-usable items and other guests make use of them and then return them to the freecycle points again. Lots of unrecyclable beach items are being discarded on local beaches, and this facility encourages our guests to bring their items back to their accommodation to be ‘freecycled’ rather than thrown away.
Plastic waste has been reduced with reuseable Hendra coffee cups on sale, paper straws are used, along with paper and card takeaway packaging.
We have reduced the waste on Park each year and in 2017 a new compactor plus waste management system was implemented, which resulted in a 9% reduction in general waste generated (tonnes) and a 30% reduction in general waste skip movements off site, compared with waste in 2016.
In 2018 we reduced waste further from 2017 with a 10% reduction in general waste generated (tonnes), a 15% reduction in general waste skip movements off site and a 23% increase in dry mixed recycling quantities sent off site (compared with 2017).
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