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Mendip Activity Centre recognize that sustainability and managing the environment is the biggest challenge facing us. As outdoor educators, it is our responsibility to be role models in sustainable living and working and use the power of the outdoors and adventures to teach others. 

In 2022 we undertook a comprehensive sustainability audit which allowed us to write the following policy:

This policy commits to: 

Protecting the natural environment

Fulfilling any compliance obligation

Continually strive to improve performance


We will identify ways to incentive and encourage sustainable travel from customers and staff including:

Incentives for staff to lift share or cycle or walk to work

Improved storage facilities for those who cycle 

Work with local campaigners to support public transport and cycling infrastructure

Existing Achievements: 

Purchase of an electric on-site vehicle

Introduction of a cycle-to-work scheme

Displayed public transport and active travel information to customers

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We will:


Support and welcome ecologists from the Mendip Hills National Landscape to manage limestone grasslands above the quarry with activities such as  identifying species, and invasive species removal

Identify the highest-risk Ash Trees to remove in our ancient woodland

Train a team to start implementing bat transects

Existing Achievements: 


Planting of over 2000 trees and hedgerows around the site

Butterfly transects and training took place in Summer of 2022

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We will:


Work with ecologists from the Mendip Hills National Landscape to deliver training and learning opportunities to staff and the public

Display ecological and sustainability information across our site and online.

Existing Achievements: 


Winner of Green Tourism Bronze Award in 2023

Winner of Smart Living: Nature award in 2022 for our outdoor education and outdoor learning work with schools


We will:


Publish annual waste and recycling tonnages for all waste streams.

Identify our top 5 suppliers and approach them to provide their sustainability & carbon policies.

Existing Achievements: 


We are working with a new waste management contractor who have more eco-goals

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We will:


Collect wastewater with water butts in the campsite and under taps in the centre.

Install some trial low-flush urinal blocks.

Install a water fountain and bottle filling station

Existing Achievements: 


Development of a comprehensive digital system to track and manage our water usage.

We will:


Undertake an EPC Energy Performance Certificate to identify energy efficiency opportunities.

Replace Alpine Lounge windows with more efficient glazing across the site

Install pipe insulation 

Install an automated lift stop/start on our ski lift

Existing Achievements:

Lighting digital system built to limit time lights are on


Solar power installed on shower block in our campsite 

Solar panels installed on Mendip Lodge

Single glazed doors and windows replaced in Mendip Lodge


We will:

Undertake an accessibility survey and use this to write a priority action list


Mark Disabled Parking spaces


Create an accessible viewing platform on the toboggan slope 

Add pictures to the accessibility section of our website

Existing Achievements: 

Installed a lift at our main buildings

Installed a ramp to Reception


Built accessible washrooms in the campsite

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