Green Standards

Green Standards

The National Wildflower Centre (NWC) is fully committed to playing its part both in the preservation of natural resources and in the prevention of environmental pollution.

We will endeavour to:

  • Promote environmental good practice and set examples of good stewardship and good citizenship.
  • Encourage responsible approaches to creating a better environment through ecological processes and ecosystem  diversity.
  • Ensure the sustainable use of species by integrating nature conservation with socio-economic developments.
  • Develop human understanding and involvement in conserving natural resources.
  • Act with consideration for society at large and with environmental integrity.

To examine the best available environmental options at all times.

Visitor Centre

We encourage use of public transport through our website and leaflet. Bike stands are provided.

Our events programme actively encourages recycling and sustainable practices through workshops and large scale events such as the annual Green Fayre.

The Cornflower Cafe supports local producers eg our ice cream is sourced from a Cheshire farm. We also grow our own salads and herbs and use other seasonal produce. We use Fairtrade tea, coffee & sugar in the café and offer other Fairtrade products for purchase.

Healthy and vegetarian or vegan meal options are provided for visitors.

We are a non-smoking site.

LANDLIFE PHOTOVOLTAICS  - WALLED GARDEN

This £60,000 project was initiated in June 2002 with a DTI Photovoltaic Demonstration Project enquiry.  Match funding through Knowsley’s Neighbourhood Renewal Funding, was sought and approved in January 2003.  An Energy Saving Trust bid  (2003-4) was approved in October 2004. Planning Permission was granted in March 2005.  Contracts were let and the installation was operational October 2005.  It took three years from start to finish.

The project comprises a 40 module roof mounted array and two 10 module tracking arrays, located in the walled garden.  The system generates 12.5% of energy use at the Centre.  A small static display will provide interpretation for visitors who can view the arrays from the rooftop walkway, and power generation is displayed externally.

Objectives

  • Promote renewable energy and contribute to reducing carbon emissions to mitigate climate change impacts.
  • Use our visitor attraction and profile to showcase this technology
  • Reduce revenue costs for the centre, thereby helping to make it more sustainable.
  • Contribute towards the successful award of the North West’s first Gold Green Tourism certification.

Responsible Visitor Charter

Seven things you can do to help save the planet:

We need your help.

We can all reduce our impact on the environment by making choices.

As a visitor you have a very important role to play.

Here are some ideas on how you can help:

Conserve Energy – reduce energy by switching off lights when you leave a room and closing windows if heating is on. Wear clothing appropriate to the weather - we heat our buildings to be comfortable not to T-shirt conditions!

The Energy Saving Trust provides information on what you can do at home. www.est.org.uk

Give the car a rest – Leave the car behind, if only for a day. Walk, cycle or use public transport. Our staff will happily provide you with advice & leaflets on public transport. www.travelwise.org.uk

Shop Local & Fairly– Use local products, they give you a flavour of the area and help support local communities. We are fortunate to have some fantastic producers of food, drink and arts and crafts. Ask us about local markets or local and regional produce. Buy Fairtrade when you can - all our tea & coffee is Fairtrade. www.fairtrade.org.uk

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Try to avoid overly packaged goods and say no to that extra carrier bag. You can also support us in our efforts to recycle – please ask staff for more details. Use the recycling bins in our café. www.recyclenow.com

Be Water Wise – The North has some of the UK’s highest costs for water treatment and flood defence so please use water wisely. Make sure you’ve turned off the tap after use.

Respect nature – Help us to look after our landscape and wildlife by not littering, guarding against fire and using footpaths and cycle-ways responsibly. Ensure you follow the Countryside Code www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk

Support Green businesses. There are hundreds of businesses in the region trying to reduce their carbon footprints through the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Businesses are awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold for their efforts to be more sustainable. www.green-business.co.uk

And finally, if you feel there is anything else we could be doing to reduce our environmental impact please let us know.