Getting Greener at Speke Hall
As a conservation charity, we work hard to care for green spaces and improve the environment. We can always get better though, and we’ve been putting a lot of effort in this year to make changes that make us even more environmentally friendly.
The topic of single-use plastics has been in the news a lot recently. Removing single use and avoidable plastics from our everyday life should be a high priority for all of us, and it’s especially important to us that our catering department can support our conservation principles this way. With this in mind we’re moving towards replacing plastic bottled drinks and water with glass options that can be recycled.
We’ve also moved to paper straws instead of plastic ones, and all our disposable Vegware drinks cups and lids are completely biodegradable - you can even compost them - so you're helping care for the environment too.
Out in the grounds and gardens, we’re committed to using peat-free compost and we produce lots of our own fruit and vegetables in the Kitchen Garden, which is then used in dishes in the restaurant. From plot to plate is about 100 yards!
Our shop team have been working equally hard to do their bit! Year on year more and more products are moving to UK-made, which reduces transport emissions and supports UK trade. All of our food, stationery, plants and local ranges are 100% UK-made and we’re working hard to improve this across all other departments. All wooden or paper products that are for sale in the shop (including local ranges) are FSC approved and we’re trying to reduce plastic in packaging and products. You may have noticed lots of fab new metal and wooden toys in our children’s range.
All our plants are grown peat free, helping to protect wetland habitats which take thousands of years to form, and in UK nurseries. Our stock is carefully selected for its wildlife benefits with only plants that help pollinators or provide shelter for animals/ birds being sold.
Have you seen our fab new plant range? The Hairy Pot Plant Company produce environmentally friendly, biodegradable pots made from coconut fibres. After producing a superior root system in a peat-free compost the pot will biodegrade, so there's no plastic pot to dispose of! The manufacture of the pots also provides really valuable income for otherwise deprived areas close to where the materials are sourced.
Our new cleaning range only uses natural fragrances as well as being cruelty free, vegan and Allergy UK credited. It is also Soil Association organic credited so all wash off from the cleaning process is safe for our water ecosystems and soil. The packaging is even 100% bioplastic, produced from a by-product of sugar making, and fully biodegradable.
If you’re looking for a new takeaway drinks cup, why not try one of our new bamboo fibre cups? It’s completely biodegradable (when you’re done with it) and helps reduce the 100billion single use coffee cups that go to landfill.
And let’s not forget the hall itself! Over the winter we invested in a Ground Source Heat Pump to power the boiler and heating system which heat the hall. This revolutionary heating and renewable energy system was a major milestone in the National Trust’s Renewable Energy Investment programme to change from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.