How William’s Den is helping to save the planet!

William’s Den will mark World Environment Day (Wednesday 5th June) with a week of Facebook Live videos of how the indoor-meets-outdoor attraction is doing its bit for the planet.

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The series of live streams will show how the attraction, created so big and little kids alike can play together in the great outdoors, has sustainability at its heart.

Owners Christian and Tor Carver wanted to create a legacy that enhanced the local environment when creating William’s Den. The attraction – which celebrates the joy of learning through indoor and outdoor play and exploration – recycles, reuses and reduces wherever possible.

Christian Carver, co-owner of William’s Den, said: “Sustainability is a core value for us at William’s Den. From the very inception, it has been at the forefront of our plan. We wanted to create somewhere that families could come to play in wild landscapes both indoors and out.

“Naturally, as we focus so much on connecting with nature, protecting and respecting the environment is a key part of enjoying it for us.”

Visitors choosing William’s Den for a day out will be supporting all the built-in planet saving initiatives from their loos to locally grown hemp! The Facebook Live broadcasts will show how the attraction is continually working towards reducing its carbon footprint to preserve the planet and  how it was constructed using sustainable materials wherever possible. Knowing that most of the play equipment is made from timber grown in the UK, with some coming from William’s Den’s own woodland makes playtime feel good!

William’s Den are continually working towards being more sustainable with initiative such as free water refills for customers; compostable napkins, swapping plastic straws for paper; using the ash from their pizza oven to fertilise the garden and reducing food miles by sourcing seasonal and local produce for The Kitchen Table.

Sustainability really is built into William’s Den and here are seven ways the building is helping to save the planet:

  1. The loos at William’s Den are supplied by a rainwater harvest system which reduces usage of mains water. The attraction has harvested over 2.2 million litres of water from the sky since it opened, which equates to 550,000 flushes of the loo!
  2. The building is heated by two biomass boilers fuelled by wood pellets – an eco-friendly and low carbon alternative.
  3. The solar panels on the roof generate a chunk of our electricity, a sustainable form of energy.
  4. The walls are insulated using ‘foamglas’, a 100% recycled glass which insulates and prevents damp and the floors are insulated with ‘glapor’, another recycled glass material replacing traditional hardcore
  5. The walls are made from hemp blocks, a low energy product which is grown locally. Hemp absorbs carbon dioxide as the plant grows, improving the atmosphere
  6. Waste material from sawmills created wood-wool boards which line the ceiling and improves the acoustics!
  7. The outside of The Den is clad in locally sourced timber, reducing the carbon footprint of the building materials.

You can catch William’s Dens’ Facebook Live’s in support of World Environmental Day from Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th June at 12pm on their Facebook page

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