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SUSTAINABILITY AT HEART

Our wildlife and environment are important to us. Without the care and consideration of both, we wouldn’t be able to provide holiday-makers with scenic settings and lush grounds to enjoy their holidays on.

We’re surrounded by nature here at Holiday Resort Unity and we want to keep it that way. We’ve been a holiday resort for over 70 years and plan to be around for many more years to come. We started as a farm, so how could we not care about our environment?

At Holiday Resort Unity 2021 is the year where we push our sustainability goals further, considering it in every decision that we make. These goals are the beginning of our journey to becoming Carbon Net Zero.

Our Goals for 2021

  • We will be increasing our recycling rate by at least 25% by introducing mixed recycling and diverting as much as possible from landfill.

  • We will be reducing our energy usage by at least another 10%.

Recycling

We need your help when you stay with us. All you need to do is recycle as you do at home.

On check-in, we will provide you with a clear plastic bag to help you separate your recycling and there are recycling areas throughout the resort on the main routes for you to drop these off at. Even the bins that you are putting your recycling in have been recycled.

What will happen to my recycling and waste?

All your waste is taken to Avonmouth, a large industrial site just South of Bristol on the M5. Here the Glass and Mixed recycling is separated and sent off for recycling.

Food recycling is sent to an anaerobic digestor to be converted into Biofuel and fertilizers.

 

 

General waste

Any waste that cannot be recycled is sent to an incinerator for energy recovery, not a landfill. The remaining ash is then sent to construction companies for use in aggregate – such as pavements.

 

Energy

We are monitoring our energy usage throughout the site daily, ensuring electricity is used responsibly. Our goal for 2021 is to reduce our energy use by 10% across the site.

Our Leisure centre is powered by 900 solar panels and we have a biomass boiler that burns sustainably sourced wood pellets and heats our indoor pool and communal areas to keep it the perfect temperature for you. The energy produced between these two creates enough energy to power 142 houses. In 2020 we won a gold a standard award for Energy efficiency and Eco Pool project of the year at the prestigious UK Pool and Spa awards. The majority of our resort also has LED lighting and we are working on completing this transition over the next year.

We are also in the process of moving our HRU fleet over to electric vehicles as well as looking into introducing EV charging points throughout the site for guests as we work towards supporting future needs. We have also moved all our landscaping machinery to electric rather than petrol powered.

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WHAT ELSE ARE WE DOING?

Food and Drink

We have reviewed all our menus and meal preparations to ensure we produce the least amount of waste as possible. Any food waste that we do have, including plate scrapings are recycled. We are also introducing Food saving app TooGoodToGo at Costcutter which will again reduce down our food waste.

When you go and get your well-earned cup of coffee, do not forget your reusable cup. We offer discounts on your coffee if you bring your reusable cup with you. We also serve all our drinks at the Tavern in reusable cups which you can return or keep afterwards for £1. We also recycle our coffee grounds in our compost around the resort.

The majority of our takeaway packaging is either recyclable, compostable or made from recycled materials and we are working on the rest.

We work closely with our suppliers to ensure their sustainable practices are in line with our own and offer local produce at all our main dining venues.

Office Waste

We have moved all record keeping to paperless and we are working on reducing all other paper-based activities within the resort. All printing is on FSC certified paper with vegetable inks. We have also moved a lot of our paperbased communications to our app to save even more paper.

Awards

We have received many awards over the years such as a Gold standard energy efficiency and Eco Pool award, Gold David Bellamy Award, Gold Green tourism award, Silver in sustainability at the Bath, Bristol and Somerset Awards and a finalist at the Somerset Business Awards.

Conservation

We already do a lot of conservation work and have a lot of exciting projects in the pipeline.

Over the last 7 years we have reintroduced water voles throughout the site, along with rare great crested newts and numerous breeding pairs of moorhens and we even have some adders. We also have up to 50 beehives at any one time around the site. You can buy the honey in Costcutter and we use it on our menu at Brean Country Club.

We have planted miles of hawthorn bush habitats and have started to plant almost 27000 trees over the next five years to encourage new wildlife and create safe havens for migratory birds.

If you have not already been to the ‘Secret wood’ you really must, as well as our local wildlife, it is also a release site for the local RSPB and RSPCA for any injured birds and animals such as hedgehogs and rabbits. You will see over 80 nest and bat boxes dotted around our trees (in case you were wondering if it has a number on it is a nest box, if it has a letter on it, it is a bat box).

For any budding naturalists, we run a fantastic wild walk, talk and tour of our native wildlife friends, hopefully seeing some on the way but also learning all about those tiny creatures we often take for granted but have some interesting facts too! Keep an eye out of our wicker animals hiding in the hedgerows!

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OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Our wildlife and environment are important to us. Without the care and consideration of both, we wouldn’t be able to provide holiday-makers with scenic settings and lush grounds to enjoy their holidays on.

We’re surrounded by nature here at Holiday Resort Unity and we want to keep it that way. We’ve been a holiday resort for over 70 years and plan to be around for many more years to come. We started as a farm, so how could we not care about our environment?

We’re still big animal lovers, which is why we often work with local wildlife sanctuaries and experts to help release wildlife back into nature. Across our resorts, you may spy a number of beehives, bat-boxes and bird-boxes that we have set up. We want to protect our local wildlife and provide safe natural habitats to a variety of different creatures to help encourage biodiversity. We routinely work hands-on to protect and conserve wildlife within our resort and surrounding area.

You can learn all about our array of local wildlife and flora and fauna on one of our nature walks through our ‘secret’ wood. We also provide a Forest School and Wildlife Education sessions to local schools and guests of our resorts.

While you’re out and about, why not take a peek at the number of conservation areas that we have created across our site, for which we received a ‘David Bellamy Gold Conservation’ award. We also understand the importance of trees - after all, they help us breathe and they have emission-reducing properties! - which is why we have a plant and tree nursery and are regularly planting more trees across the resort.

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HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We want our resort to be beautiful, clean and safe – for people and wildlife. Being environmentally friendly might seem daunting and somewhat confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. There’s no need to make huge changes to your lifestyle or to deny yourself fun whilst you’re on holiday, so here are a few tips on how to make a difference (even the smallest effort helps!)

  • Walk instead of drive - Luckily our resort and facilities are all within reasonable distance to one another, so leave the car and take scenic walk across our fields to reach any number of our venues. Or stretch your legs and take in the fresh air on the beach.
  • Reduce use of plastic – bring your reusable cups, bags and glasses and if you do need to use plastic, make sure you recycle it in one of our recycling areas
  • Turn off the lights - If you want to save energy even further; come along and enjoy the wide range of entertainment we have on every evening at either RJ’s or The Tavern and save the TV for another night!
  • Going to the beach? - Ask at reception for a ‘beach-cleaning’ bag. If everyone took just 2 minutes to pick up litter during their visit to the beach it would make a huge difference!
  • Be tidy, be mindful - This one’s easy, just clean up as you go! A lot of mess can be left behind from camping and touring which not only looks unsightly but can end up in trees and can potentially hurt our local wildlife.
Beach Clean-Ups

You may have noticed our local beach (you know, that seven-mile stretch of sand?) and you probably love it as much as we do,  which is why we organise beach clean-up projects throughout the year so that we can all work together to keep our beach beautiful. Keep an eye out for our organised beach clean-up days – we promise they are more fun than they sound! And remember, you can make a difference, even if you are just out for a stroll; if you see it, bin it!

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