Our Commitment to the Environment

Suntrap Forest Centre provides memorable, first-hand experiences of nature that educate and inspire; developing respect and understanding on ways to protect the natural world. 

We recognise that our activities have the potential for both positive and negative impacts upon the environment at local, national and global levels. Suntrap acknowledges its responsibility for environmental protection, reducing carbon emissions and in promoting positive environmental sustainability aspects of teaching and learning. 

We recognise that we have a particular duty to prepare children and young people with the knowledge and skills to look after our planet, to manage the world’s resources wisely and to make a positive contribution by improving their local area. We therefore aim to develop good habits and behaviour patterns amongst both Suntrap staff and service users.

Suntrap commits itself to:
•    Communicate its environmental policy and strategy to staff and service users and to raise awareness amongst these groups of their own environmental responsibilities and requirement to commit to environmental improvements;
•    Protect, develop & enhance natural habitats and encourage local wildlife and biological diversity of the Centre’s managed land;
•    Implement measures to encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport to access the site;
•    Reduce waste created and where possible to reuse and recycle before responsible disposal of surplus materials. Use recycled and recyclable materials wherever possible;
•    Manage and reduce water consumption;
•    Integrate principles of environmental sustainability within all teaching & learning, policies and practices, including those relating to procurement of goods and services;
•    Avoid or limit wherever practical the use of environmentally-damaging substances, materials and processes;
•    Work with partners to realise environmental projects.

  • Learning activities

    All our learning activities connect users with nature and help them to learn about the climate and ecological crisis. 

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  • Our site

    Across our seven acre site our buildings and habitats support our commitment to the environment.

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  • Epping Forest

    Find out more about the flora and fauna of this ancient forest.

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