A Sustainable Approach

South Lytchett Manor is committed to sustainability and good sustainable practice as a cornerstone of all its operations.

Staff and visitors work together to minimise environmental impact throughout the park and we constantly strive to ensure that a holiday at South Lytchett Manor is not only a relaxing and enjoyable break in the beautiful Dorset countryside, but also an environmentally responsible choice for all involved. Our many efforts to achieve long term sustainability include the following:

We plant trees and hedgerows to benefit future generations.
• We have planted native hedging throughout the park during the past eleven years of ownership.
• Last winter we planted more native hedging plus a nine metre native shrub planting around our Manor Field and Burdens Park, also added avenues of oak trees and hornbeam.
• We do plant seasonal bedding plants, however this year we are moving towards more perennial planting.
• We have planted a trial area of wild flowers and next year we intend to create a large wildflower meadow within the Manor Field.
• We have two herb beds on the park, one which provides 50 varieties of herbs. These are freely used by our guests and staff.
• We support Upton in Bloom’s entry.

We encourage wildlife on the park.
• We work closely with the RSPB at Arne. Every year we welcome the Arne team to the park to run workshops and bring along reptiles for the children to see. The take up for these events is extremely good, as many children visit from large cities.
• The RSPB has completed a survey of the birds spotted on site, and from this we have developed two poster boards with pictures and information relating to the birds.

We liaise with our community and local businesses, promoting sustainability.
• We contribute to a sustainable economy by employing local people.
• We have a close working relationship with Upton Garage assisting our guests with car maintenance issues.
• We have created an increased access to the Craft Centre which has enhanced their business.
• Our support for Local Economy is apparent as soon as our guests arrive, especially in the hand-outs.
• We have supported a range of local initiatives including:
• Upton Town Council – contributed to bus shelter, benches and Bin.
• Beacon Project sponsorship Upton Carnival.
Julia’s House Children’s Hospice Sale of Poole Guides, Books, Chicken Food, Easter Raffle.
• Supporting Upton Britain in Bloom entry.
• Poster campaign with Upton Junior School
RSPB Arne workshop days on site.

Wherever possible we stock and use environmentally friendly produce and services.
• Our shop sells a wide variety of local food produce. Nearby suppliers provide us with organic and locally reared meats and we purchase jams from an independent Blandford Forum based jam maker.
• We have an onsite bakery for daily fresh bread and croissants.
• We also stock sustainable natural cleaning products and also use these to assist with park cleaning.

We take a responsible attitude towards the use of energy on the park and try to conserve energy where possible.
• Bulbs are LED energy efficient and on sensors.
• Timers on non-perishable goods fridges.
• 10 amp electric hooks ups where possible, this does help limit their consumption.
• Use of awning heaters are not allowed on the park.
• Boilers kept at 60 degrees centigrade.
• Staff ensure our double-glazed windows not left open in the winter months.
• Meter readings are regularly taken in order to ensure our per bed night consumption is below European averages.
• One or two amenity blocks are closed in shoulder and low seasons. All units are consolidated.
• Park lighting turned off in unoccupied areas.
• Insulation of pipes and lofts.

We promote our sustainability commitments across the park.
• Our sustainability policy is promoted via our Website and online news page, Facebook and Twitter. Notice boards give information to guests within the park. All guests received handouts and information on arrival.

We train our staff to be environmentally aware, and to relay this to our guests.
• 60% of staff have attended ‘Welcome Host.’
• In house training promotes sustainability.
• We are recycling aware.
• We promote our organic, fairtrade products in the shop.
• Staff report dripping taps etc. If an area of land is unusually wet it could be a major water leak underground, so these are reported as a matter of course.
• One of our staff came up with the idea of using a water bowser, so that runoff could be used to nourish the plants, an idea which was immediately adopted by recycling an old trailer, and discarded water storage equipment from our local farmer friend.
• The staff are committed to leading by example and helping our guests sort their rubbish.
• Guests often leave unused BBQ’s so we offer them to other guests.

We dispose of our waste in a legal manor and keep duty of care records.
• We recycle and dispose of all site rubbish in line with legal requirements. We actively promote recycling and sorting of waste.
• We keep accurate and up to date records.

We promote recycling throughout the park.
• On arrival to the park all guests receive a print-out asking them not to put their carrier bag of mixed rubbish into the black bin, but to decant paper, card, tins, and glass into the blue recycling bin.
• We also have boxes for battery recycling in two areas of the park.
• Our maintenance team store unused paint in a separate area of the bin area.
• We recycle 60% of our waste and our target this year is to recycle 65%.
• Our staff attempt to decant rubbish into the correct bin as far as reasonably possible.
• We realised our “reduce reuse recycle” notices on the bin areas are looking a little tired. So, we ran a competition in May 2014 with the pupils from Upton Junior School to design two posters:

• Pick up after your dog
• Responsible recycling

• We had a huge response, the winning entries have been developed into park signage and are placed in prominent areas on the park.
• We try to minimise the use of carrier bags by selling recycled reusable shopping bags in our shop.
• We use recycled paper for printing, and refillable inks.
• We also use natural white vinegar and newspaper to clean our glass/mirrors.
• We have a converted red telephone box Book Swap library. If you cannot swap a book you can take the book for a £1.00 donation to our charity, Julia’s House Children’s Hospice.

We are responsible about our use of water.
• New infra-red eco showers running at 6LPM with wave on wave off function and a maximum run time of 60 seconds.
• New taps in toilet blocks with a flow rate set at 3LPM, creating water savings of up to 85%.
• Water Butts were introduced in 2014.
• A water bowser is used for plant watering – the water is taken from the water butts.
• Dual flushing system in toilets.
• Washing up bowls provided at all dish wash points.
• Aerating taps, push button showers/taps.
• Systemisers on all urinals.
• We take monthly water readings and work out the water consumption per bed night.
• Some of our toilets in the middle block are not dual flushing, therefore we have put water bottles in the cisterns, reducing our water usage significantly, together with our project to put in underground tanks to harvest rainwater from the amenity blocks and to use this water for flushing toilets, and in the laundry.
• We do not allow guests to use hosepipes to clean their caravans.

We think all of this makes us one of the best campsites in the UK.

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Our Sustainable Success

South Lytchett Manor is committed to sustainability

‘Gold’ Green Business Tourism Scheme for the past five years

Poole Tourism Sustainability initiative award 2013

Britain in Bloom S&SE Winner Commercial Gardens 2012 and 2013

National Accessibility Scheme level 1 hearing and mobility

Bournemouth Tourism awards Self Catering/Camping and Caravanning establishment 2012 and 2013

‘Silver’ Dorset Tourism awards Holiday Park Village of the Year 2013

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Happy Campers ツ

Stayed three nights at this well kept campsite. Free bottle of wine at the local pub plus free Internet access. We have stayed at various sites in the south west and have always had to pay an extra charge for wifi. Plus free tv points. Showers and washing facilities immaculate. Would definitely book again

Alan, September 2017

Me and my partner recently visited the camp site for our anniversary. We stayed in the Romany Gypsy Caravan called Anastasia which was wonderful! When we arrived are hosts where very welcoming and explained the local area to us, following that we where shown around our caravan and shown the showers, toilets, bins etc.. The caravan was very clean and came all the basics we needed.

On one of the days when we where stuck on something to do so they told us about the bike rentals. Me and my partner then cycled from the site to Poole and then Bournemouth, which was a lovely scenic cycle! The local pubs and cafe’s where also very nice and accommodating.

Overall we had a very pleasant experience staying in the area and will defiantly be back again and recommending to friends and family!

Saskia, September 2017

This place is perfect for recharging and totally relaxing!! From driving through the gates and the whole arrival process to the sad fact of having to leave it was a totally relaxing experience…One of the best shower/amenity blocks I have seen anywhere, spotlessly clean all the time and really good showers which is important.

The site is really well looked after and regularly maintained to make sure the whole site is really tidy and somewhere special to stay. There is an on site shop which isn’t that expensive and it has the bonus of selling Fresh bakery items from a local supplier each day (Don’t miss out on the croissants!!). Another nice touch is the voucher for a free bottle of wine at the local pub which we used on the first night, just a short walk away in the village, then there is the public transport links right outside the main gate which will take you to either Swanage and Poole (and beyond) without the need to stress about driving!! The best bit for us?……..Being able to sit outside and look at the stars after dinner where there is very little light pollution and just so peaceful.
Just don’t miss out if you get the chance……..

Dave, September 2017

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