Sustainability is at the heart of Ardroy’s operations. As an Eco-Centre, we have a clear environmental code of practice and encourage all visitors to get involved in recycling, reducing waste, learning about renewable energy and raising awareness of our effect on our environment. Most weeks we run an Environmental Evening with groups, involving lots of fun games about sustainability and creative discussions over supper. At the end of each week, a tree is presented to the group to be planted back at school to help towards offsetting the coaches’ carbon emissions. Participants leave Ardroy with a greater understanding of environmental issues, inspiration to do something about them, and increased knowledge of exactly what they can do to help.
To learn well and feel great, a balanced diet is essential. At Ardroy, we try to ensure everyone is catered for with plenty of healthy, tasty food to support active learning. In recognition of this, we have been awarded the Healthy Living Award. Our Waste-Watchers programme (focussing on reducing wasted food) also helps to give an understanding of where our food comes from and raises awareness of reducing waste.
At Ardroy, we try to reuse and recycle as much as possible – we have facilities for recycling paper, cardboard, cans and plastic. We also put compostable food waste or kitchen waste into our Rocket – an accelerated composting system, or put it in our wormery. At mealtimes, we have Waste-Watchers, where we weigh leftover food and try to reduce the amount through the week. We encourage all visitors to Ardroy to get involved in recycling and waste reduction.
To make the most of our beautiful surroundings, we have minibuses to transport groups to activities. To reduce pollution, we use bio-diesel and avoid unnecessary journeys.