Sustainable Development

We're introducing sustainability initiatives - big and small - across the site!

Water Bottle Filler

Say NO to single-use plastic! Drinks bottles are one the most common types of plastic waste. Around a million bottles are sold per minute and approximately 10 million tonnes of plastic currently ends up in the oceans each year. 

Solar Panels

We've teamed up with local firm Caplor Energy to install solar panels to generate green energy.
Gareth Williams, MD at Caplor energy says: “we are very proud to have supported numerous local community based projects over the years. Queenswood project is hugely inspiring and such an asset to the county, we are very pleased to be working with the team on their renewable journey.”
 

Recycling Bin

Reduce, reuse, recycle! Make sure you pop your rubbish in the right slot in our new recycling bin when you visit.

Our Vision

Our vision for Queenswood and Bodenham Lake is that the sites will increasingly showcase a range of both conservation and sustainability initiatives in practice.

The work of New Leaf on the two sites will be informed by the best in sustainability practice. We aim to develop buildings, energy generation, food outlets, travel links and use of water and waste in such a way that it exemplifies innovation - inspiring visitors to the sites about sustainable lifestyle choices. In particular, we aim to:

  • Develop the site's buildings as exemplars of energy efficiency & renewable energy generation
  • Develop the unique natural settings of Queenswood and Bodenham Lake as beautiful centres of experiential learning.
  • Promote a localised food economy
  • Create an education & visitors’ centre at Queenswood, which will offer a range of revolving exhibitions and a growing variety of short courses and other educational initiatives
  • Build on the popularity of Queenswood - working in partnership with others to develop Herefordshire as a green tourist destination and one of the sustainable development centres of the UK
  • Create a sense of ownership, mutual responsibility and social cohesion around the sites – and around the sustainability principles that they will increasingly exemplify.

Bodenham Lake (image: Herefordshire Council)