Making a difference at Gradwell Park

Diary posted

22nd April 2021

At Gradwell Park making a positive impact on the lives of our residents is our priority, but we’re also passionate about protecting and supporting our planet and the wellbeing of all its inhabitants.

We are extremely fortunate to be situated in such an outstandingly picturesque location. Surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty makes us realise just how important it is to help preserve it for the benefit of all.

It’s Earth Day 2021 today, and we’d like to take the opportunity to share the ways in which we’re helping to make a difference within our village. EarthDay.org advocates that ‘Change starts with action’. They’ve recorded over 2.5 billion ‘acts of green’ that are happening across the planet. From individuals to communities and up to government leaders, each single act in isolation may seem small, but collectively they have the potential to make big change.

At Gradwell Park as well as focusing on the corporate goals, we’re also focusing on what we can achieve together as a village community. Some of the small, but not insignificant acts of green that we’re leading are:

Composting all food waste

Collecting rainwater to water the gardens

Growing our own fruit and vegetables

Using local, and sustainable suppliers where possible

Keeping bees to help encourage these at-risk wild pollinators

 

Within Retirement Villages Group exists a culture that whole-heartedly unites behind the need to protect and enhance our environment to the best of our abilities. Because of this we have been able to introduce and implement steps towards achieving our corporate goal of being carbon neutral by 2030.

The construction, operation and maintenance of the built environment in the UK reportedly accounts for 45% of the total UK carbon emissions. Through our individual corporate commitment to our carbon neutral goals, we hope to contribute to the reduction of that statistic.

 

The increasing use of modern methods of construction and initiatives being led by Government support companies like ours to focus on improving our sustainability, so we’re not alone in our efforts. Some of the ways in which we are committing to making our business more sustainable include:

  1. We’re aiming to achieve net zero carbon on our operations by 2030
  2. We’re setting the target of sending zero waste to landfill by 2025
  3. We will champion local employment, procurement, education and training among many other initiatives that benefit the wider communities in which we develop our villages.
  4. We have partnered with Amber Energy to power the common areas across all of our villages with green energy.

If you’d like to learn more about our goals and strategy click here.