Weddings at Sheepdrove

Sustainability at Sheepdrove Weddings

We aim to be a climate positive business and put more into the environment than we take and our weddings, on site accommodation directly fund our climate positive actions, such as developing renewable energy projects and contributing to environmental schemes that increase the biodiversity on the farm.

  • Only 100% renewable green electricity for lighting and heating in the wedding venue and in our onsite accommodation ie 900 solar panels and two wind turbines at Sheepdrove with green electricity from exclusively renewable energy supplier to further reduce our carbon footprint

  • Ground source heat pump harvests heat from the earth to power the central heating systems in farm offices, office spaces and wedding venue

  • Cooling is provided by a natural ventilation rather mechanical or forced ventilation which would include air-conditioning systems and fans

  • Our venue is housed in an award winning sustainable green building design with natural building materials including Douglas Fir timber frame, rammed chalk wall and Western Red Cedar shingles

  • Abundant natural light throughout interior combined with energy efficient LED lights further reduces energy use

  • All our waste water is treated through a grey water reed bed recycling system and constructed wetland

  • We provide an electric car charger on site

  • We bank with Triodos which is a B-Corp company that consistently ranks as a leading sustainable and ethical bank and only lends money to organisations that are committed to making a positive social or environmental impact

  • We promote biodiversity at Sheepdrove through nature conservation projects on our certified organic farm and support biodiversity further afield through our charitable giving programme

  • Our green policy and all our green initiatives are available to read on our website; we include the green policy plus recycling instructions and labelled bins in our onsite accommodation

  • We recycle all food waste, paper, packing, labels, newspapers, glass, batteries, light bulbs, tins, cans and printer cartridges through a waste management service in our offices, office spaces and onsite accommodation

  • All garden waste is composted on site, vegetable scraps are fed to pet pigs and cardboard is shredded onsite and used for bedding at local animal sanctuary

  • We minimise our waste production by promoting avoidance, reduction, re-use, recovery, and recycling

  • We use only eco-friendly cleaning products and sanitisers; this is essential because of our grey water recycling system

  • To reduce the amount of paper waste we utilise electronic media for invitations and marketing instead of printing out flyers and brochures

  • Glass water bottles, drinking glasses and mugs are freely available for visitors to reduce the need for disposables

  • Drinking water is from our farm spring that is regularly tested and free from added chemicals so no bottled water need be brought onsite

  • We work with local flower farm Skylark Flowers and commission stunning dried flower arrangements which we supplement with flowers and greenery gathered from our garden and grounds plus succulents and potted herbs as table decorations

  • We prioritise local suppliers and partner with wedding suppliers further afield who share our eco-friendly ethos

  • We collaborate with Forest Edge Tipis, a family business based onsite to host outdoor weddings to further reduce an event’s carbon footprint

  • Sustainable accommodation options on-site include nine double bedroom Eco Lodge Woodend, the off grid The Boathouse plus luxury bell tents from our Sheepdrove based partner Moonflower Events

  • Organic and regenerative farming practices at Sheepdrove reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, use less energy and no pesticides, better for resident wildlife as well as people who live close by

  • Thousands of trees and miles of hedgerows planted to provide a natural carbon sink while organic and regenerative farming practices delivers carbon sequestration

  • Rewilding pulls carbon out of the air and stores it in soil, trees and species-rich grasslands