Environmental Policy

At Wroxham Barns we are committed to reducing the impact of our activities on the environment.

What we are doing:

  • For us, our priorities are 1) Reduce 2) Re-use 3) Recycle.
  • We don’t like plastic. We use card disposable beakers in our Coffee Shop, but we try to use china mugs unless we are really busy.
  • We re-use the sealable containers that suppliers use for products like butter, mayonnaise etc for general food storage, it’s better than throwing them away.
  • The Wroxham Barns Brewery, Uncle Stuart’s Brewery, supply all the waste hops after the brewing process to Junior Farm, a great treat for the pigs!
  • We take care in the disposal of all bulbs and fluorescent tubes, and are happy to dispose of your used batteries.
  • We recycle all paper, cardboard, cans, plastic bottles and containers….as well as glass bottles. YOU can help us by using the recycling stations in the top courtyard and by the Fair (these new units will arrive in late June 2010).
  • We try to minimize the energy we use through a program of modernizing appliances, low energy light bulbs, movement sensors on lights in some areas, and monitoring our energy consumption.
  • We have waterless urinals and low flush cisterns to cut down on water consumption.
  • We ONLY use eco-friendly cleaning agents in our kitchens and for cleaning purposes
  • We recycle our printer and photocopier cartridges, as well as all office waste paper
  • The paper we use for office purposes comes from recycled sources; our leaflets and other print items are printed on paper produced from sustainable forests .
  • We like “local”. We buy as many supplies as we can from local businesses. As far as is possible, everything we serve in our Restaurant and Coffee Shop is sourced locally and fresh! We also support “Produced in Norfolk”, a social enterprise founded in 2005 to promote and support local producers that are genuinely making their products in Norfolk. Its Farmers’ Market at Wroxham Barns won the EDP Norfolk Food Awards 2009 Best Farmers’ Market. The Wroxham Barns Farmers’ Markets are held on the second Saturday of the month until December
  • We participate in the Green Tourism Business Scheme and have achieved Silver accreditation. You can learn more about the scheme and the tourism businesses in Norfolk who also participate in the Scheme at www.green-business.co.uk

Litter

We don’t like it! We aim to keep Wroxham Barns as litter free as possible. There are plenty of waste bins and we would ask all our visitors to ensure that litter is put in the receptacles provided. Whilst you are visiting Norfolk, please help us by dealing with waste materials responsibly

Sustainable Products

We use re-cycled or environmentally friendly products where possible. We favour suppliers with “green ethics”, such as Seasalt (great clothes), the UK’s No 1 ethical clothing company. If you know of products or companies that you think get it right, please let us know.

By cycle or on foot

There are numerous waymarked cycle paths in the area offering everything from short leisurely rides to more challenging distance routes and cycle hire is available locally in Wroxham. For more information – www.norfolkbroadscycling.co.uk
Wroxham Barns is also linked to the village of Wroxham by the only privately-owned footpath in Norfolk and is a short 1.5 mile walk. We promote bus routes that serve Wroxham Barns and publish timetables on our website.

Charities

…..we support:

  • “Send a Cow” which supports livestock farmers in Africa
  • RSPB, particularly their work with wildlife and nature reserves in Norfolk
  • Rotary Club of Broadland, particularly with their support of local charities, the Shelter Box Scheme and Make Dreams Real campaign for Polio.
  • We provide free family days on Junior Farm for families who are supported by Scope.

Our Community

We are proud to live and work in the beautiful Norfolk Broads. We want to create all year round sustainable employment for local people. We work with our colleagues within the tourism industry on the Broads through active membership of the Broads Tourism Forum, VisitNorwich, Produced in Norfolk and East of England Tourism to make sure that visitors can enjoy the Broads whilst taking care of this special part of Norfolk.

We work closely with Tunstead Primary School and Broadland High School on a range of activities each year.

Our work promoting the Work Experience Programme with local schools was recognized with a “Employer Champion Award” in June 2010 from The Norfolk Education Business Exchange and the Institute for Education Business Excellence

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Santa and his elves have agreed once again to join us on Junior Farm this December for Norfolk’s sell out Santa Experience including BRAND NEW activities for everyone to enjoy. An immersive experience lasting almost 2 hours with no queues!