Our Solar PV array generates enough electricity to meet the electrical requirements of our low level LED lighting and two usb sockets in each lodge. We use locally sourced wood for our wood burners and our eco friendly firelighters and briquettes are supplied by a local company. The briquettes are made of a bi-product which would normally be sent to landfill.
Reducing waste, reusing where possible, and ultimately sending minimum waste to land fill. To reduce packaging waste we bulk buy cleaning materials and food. We recycle all cardboard, plastic, tin, glass and paper, please help us do this by putting your rubbish in the relevant bins. Your food waste is sent off to make compost.
Plastic - as much of the equipment in each tent is made from metal, wood & other natural products, enamel, fabric etc. We have a few items made out of plastic but favour other materials where possible.
Sustainable Transport – Reducing the need to travel, and encouraging low and zero carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions. We are Gold Star members of the Green Star scheme encouraging guests to consider travelling to the Isle of Wight in alternative ways to the car. If guests do bring cars, to reduce the overall amount of car travel once guests are onsite we encourage guests to leave their car in the car park and walk down to the lodges to minimise pollution and noise levels near the lodges. The nearest bus stop is at the end of our entrance lane on the No 7 Southern Vectis bus route.
Nearly all our provisions are bought on the Island, thereby reducing the transport footprint of goods and services. Buying British - The Safari lodges themselves were all made in Devon. The wood burners in the lodges are also made in Devon!
Environment - The Lodge has been completed with minimal impact on the environment. The building materials are predominantly wood and natural canvas. The safari tents are sat on raised decking reducing the impact on the land. We sew wildflowers around the lodges and plant native trees and shrubs. We are custodians of our land. It is ours to enjoy for a short time and we fervently believe that it is our responsibility to do all we can to protect and improve it so that we pass it on in even better condition than we found it.
Lands and Wildlife – Protecting and restoring biodiversity and creating new natural habitats through good land use and integration into the built environment. The landowner farmers take care of their 1500 acres of land, streams, woods and meadows to a very high standard. The landowners work to maintain the River year estuary continues to improve the river environment for you to enjoy.
Community – Respecting and reviving local identity, wisdom and culture; encouraging the involvement of people in shaping their community and creating a new culture of sustainability. We support a number of local charities and make annual donations to organisations that help protect the local environment including National Trust & Isle of Wight Foodbank.
We promote and use local cleaners, builders, plumbers, shops and produce where possible. The Island is a relatively small place and you quickly become known so it's important to work with each other and in harmony. All guest to the safari tents and the farm our always encouraged to utilise the local producers, suppliers, attractions, pubs and restaurants.Local staff, trades, suppliers, recommendations to & partnerships with independent local businesses, wifi free, recycling waste, low light pollution, top up eco products into reusable containers, low water pressure saving water, use wooden briquettes which are made out of a bi-product, usually wasted, carefully chosen longer lasting products for example, enamelware instead of ceramic plates. We commit to plant native bushes each year to boost existing hedgerows to encourage and support wildlife. Most of our internal fixtures, fittings and furniture was made on the Isle of Wight by our talented friend and craftsman Will. He mainly used wood felled from the Hamstead and Firestone Copse areas of the Island. The lodge blinds were locally made by our wonderful friend Annie.We encourage our guests to see the local area, use local businesses for their adventures, buy their food locally, ideally from small independent shops and enjoy the culinary creations of our local pubs and restaurants.