We make and produce our own lip and hand balms using herbs and beeswax from local sources (including our own garden!)
These can be found in the Castle shop!
It is difficult to resist booking a cheap flight for a week climbing somewhere like France or Spain, when the alternative - car or train - is far more expensive and much longer. We try to make it more attractive by allowing staff who qualify for the Eco-Day scheme to take extra paid holiday to get to their destination. Many of our staff have rediscovered the pleasures of long-distance train travel and learned how to get creative when planning their holidays.
The Castle has a Zero Waste to Landfill Policy. To acheive this we work with First Mile Recycling, who beleive it is possible to recycle everything, and are doing a great job proving it!
All compostable waste is processed on site and used in the garden. We produce about 5 tonnes a year!
Ecotricity ensures that all of our electricity is from renewable sources and our gas is frack-free. Our Thorlux Smartscan lighting We work with architects and engineers to design low energy-use ventilation and heating systems. In 2019, we will have our one solar energy!
We have installed technology, such as water-free urinals and a compost toilet, which help to reduce water consumption in the centre. We have two swales - from the kitchen and the men's changing rooms - and capacity to collect 10,000 litres of rain water, all of which is used to water the garden.
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We believe it is our responsibility – as a business and as individuals – to reduce our demand on the planet’s resources. We believe it is possible for humans to live harmoniously with the planet and other species. As a business, we are committed to preserving our rock faces and the planet, promoting biodiversity and sustainable practices and addressing social inequalities. Whether this is through supporting organisations such as the Dorset Bolt Fund, striving towards carbon neutral operations, investing in a permaculture garden and vegetarian café or partnering with ethical, sustainable suppliers. By setting an example, we aim to inspire action in the community and across the climbing industry.
This commitment does not come without its hurdles. As a grade II* listed building there are strict restrictions on tampering with the building fabric, which pose additional challenges in becoming energy efficient. Over the years, we have implemented a number of smart systems, specifically designed to capitalise on the Castle’s unique architecture. We’ve even won awards for our efforts! You can learn more about our developments here or on your way up to the Loft.
This 30 minute video on the work we've been doing may help you to inspire you and help you get started.