Environmental Statement

Saving Marine Life – Adrian’s War on Plastic

Last year Adrian began working hard to reduce the amount of single use plastic that we use and sell.  It is our way of reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in our oceans.

Each year we support and are involved with the Great Dorset Beach Clean.  Last year some 700 volunteers collected litter on our beaches.

Offshore cafe

So far he has got rid of plastic straws and non-recyclable take away cups in the cafe – we use recyclable paper straws and vegware take – away coffee cups.

And we now only sell drinks in cans or glass bottles in the cafe.  We still have a few plastic takeaway food tubs to use up but he is doing well!!


Adrian has changed the shelves over from single use plastic bottles to cans and glass bottles for nearly all our drinks.  We sell bamboo toothbrushes.  The bread is now wrapped only in compostable vegware bags.  We no longer sell cakes that are double wrapped in plastic.

No more expensive bottled water – he’s giving it away free from fill up points all over the Park!!  We sell Wood Farm reusable aluminium drinks bottles to transport your free water around in!!

Adrian has been looking for an alternative to selling our local milk in plastic bottles but unfortunately the possibility of selling milk in glass bottles is just not practical / viable at the moment.

The Cleaning Cupboard

We are moving over to highly concentrated cleaning products that we dilute here at Wood Farm, meaning that we are throwing away only a 10th of the plastic containers that we used to be.

Saving Energy

Wood Farm has always been committed to saving energy and being energy efficient wherever possible.
In 1985 Wood Farm was awarded a ‘building energy efficiency with electricity’ award for the design and electricity use within the swimming pool building. A heat recovery system is used, that puts heat back into the water or into the air depending on where it is needed.

Solar Panels

In 2010 a 17.2kw solar pv panel system was put onto the roof of the swimming pool. We now produce green electricty for use within the swimming pool building.

Water Saving

All our showers and taps are operated by push buttons which means water is not wasted. 
All the urinals have sensors fitted and only flush when they are used, previously they flushed them every 30 mins day and night!!

We have fitted a water harvester to supply some of the water needed in the top toilet block. This is an underground tank that collects the rainwater from the roof and stores it. This water is then used for flushing the toilets saving large amounts of clean drinkable water.


Motion sensors are used in all buildings so that lights automatically go out when there is no one around. Light sensors are used around the park on all outside lights so that they automatically come on when it is dark and go off in the morning as soon as it is light. Low level lighting is used around the park to limit light pollution also low energy bulbs are used wherever possible.


Electric van

As we now produce our own electricity we decided to update one of our vehicles to use this very green energy.
In 2014 we bought a Nissan E-NV200 and use it to attend all the maintainence issues around the park.  In 2019 we added an electric John Deere Gator to our fleet – you will see (but not hear) this doing the bin round each morning!

Modern Efficient Boilers

All boilers are serviced annually to make sure they are working to their optimum efficency.
In 2012 our refurbishment of Oaklea toilet block saw us move away from conventional boilers, we have now installed Rinnia Boilers that only work on demand. In 2013 we installed another ‘on demand’ boiler in the lower laundry, we have followed this up in 2014 by installing the same boilers in Hardown Shower block. All this prevents storing large quantities of hot water.

Saving Miles

Local Produce used in the Cafe and sold in the Shop

Wherever possible we support local businesses by sourcing from local businesses.  We sell Dorset teas, Moores Biscuits, local Jam & Chutney, Dorset Charcoal, Charmouth Bakery bread and local milk

Public Transport

The Park is well served by two bus services the coastal X53 and the x51 service. Timetables for both services are available from Reception.

Facilities for the Local Community

Here at Wood Farm we have always encouraged and welcomed local people to use our swimming pool, which is open during the winter for local residents. The tennis court and fishing ponds are open to locals throughout the year. In such a small rural community it is important to have access to such facilities locally without the need to travel to the bigger towns.


We encourage guests to recycle more by making it easier to do so – we have recycling bins for paper, plastics, glass and cans at six different places around the park.   We have a can crusher on the cafe terrace to reduce the recycled space.

We use recycled paper for all our printing and photocopying.  In the cafe we use recycled paper napkins.

Encourage, Protect and Care for Wildlife 

We are a supporter of the Dorset Wildlife Trust.  The trust manages nature reserves for wildlife and people in Dorset.  They work with landowners like us to protect and care for wildlife. 

Grass Cutting 

Grass needs to be kept neat and tidy and cut regularly to prevent the park looking untidy, however where possible we leave a 1 metre strip around the edge to encourage wildlife. Hedges are cut outside of bird nesting times to encourage wildlife to flourish.

Hedges laid in Traditional Methods

During the winter we have any hedges that have grown too large laid using traditional methods and employing local craftsmen.