Wonderseekers is passionate about addressing the climate and biodiversity emergencies we’re facing so we’re delighted that Winchester Science Centre, which is leading the Charity’s efforts to be more sustainable, has been awarded Gold in the recently launched Green South Downs Sustainability Certification Awards.
The initiative by the South Downs National Park Authority, developed in partnership with Green Tourism, recognises businesses within the national park that are taking steps to improve their environmental position and help their local community.
The award demonstrates that our commitment to actions such as cutting waste and reducing emissions is making a difference. Recent changes at the Science Centre have included the introduction of dedicated waste stations to make recycling easier for visitors, reducing heating oil consumption by 25% over the past year and working with suppliers to remove single-use plastics.
Ben Ward, Wonderseekers CEO, said: "We’re thrilled to have been recognised with a Gold award for our efforts to go green. Our position in the South Downs National Park is a constant reminder of the need for urgent action against climate change and biodiversity loss. Children have an important role to play in caring for our planet, but the scale of these challenges is overwhelming and children's concerns can often go unheard.
“At Winchester Science Centre, surrounded by nature, we have an opportunity to help children to experience and learn about the world around them and provide a safe space to tackle the big issues that concern us all. Leading by example is critical, so being able to demonstrate our environmental commitment through the Green South Downs awards is a great way to show our visitors that we're playing our part too."
We look forward to sharing our sustainability journey on our blog as it develops.
Find out more about the South Downs National Park and the work it does here.