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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Sustainability

At FSC Orielton we are working hard to ensure that we minimise our impact on the environment and work towards sustainability in all that we do. We have written an eco code to help us achieve this and are working towards lowering our carbon footprint as part of FSC’s Carbon Management Plan.
We are working to reduce our environmental impact in the following key areas:


Energy
2016 has seen the continued switchover to LED lighting throughout the building, to ensure that energy is used as sustainably as possible. LED bulbs are about 10 times more efficient at turning electricity into light than conventional bulbs and also last longer. We are also fitting sensor lights in some key areas of the building to ensure lights are not left on when the area is not in use.
All heating is on timers and we encourage visitors to reduce heat loss by closing shutters and curtains in the evening and overnight.


Food
We know how important it is that students enjoy their food when they are away from home. Our kitchen team prepare fresh food daily using local suppliers wherever possible to make sure that visitors have tasty, balanced meals with choice every day.
Breakfast includes:

  • a range of cereals
  • a selection of cooked items each day, including vegetarian choices
  • toast with jam or marmalade

Packed lunch – all visitors make their own packed lunch, so that they can make up exactly what they want to eat. We provide:

  • sliced bread, rolls or wraps to make sandwiches
  • a variety of sandwich fillings, including cold meats, cheese, egg, tuna, hummus and various spreads
  • salad and raw vegetables
  • home-made biscuits

Dinner is cooked from fresh ingredients and there is at least one meat-free meal each week to reduce our carbon footprint. We serve a main course (hot or salad alternative) and dessert.


Waste
All areas of the centre have both recycling and landfill bins and we encourage all of our visitors to sort their waste and reduce the amount we send to landfill. We encourage visitors to consider how the small choices they make can have a big impact over time eg. using reusable drinks bottles, rather than disposable plastic bottles; using a lunchbox, rather than wrapping food in cling-film.
All food waste (cooked and raw) is collected for recycling by Pembrokeshire County Council. After treatment this is then used as a fertilizer and to make biogas which is used as a fuel for generating heat and electricity.
We aim to reduce the amount of food waste we produce by ordering and cooking the amounts we need for groups and by asking visitors to make choices in advance.

 

 


Buildings and Grounds
The main house was built around 1740 and is Grade 2* listed, mainly on the basis of the fireplaces, ceilings and cantilevered staircase. We appreciate the importance of our cultural heritage and are glad that so many visitors have the opportunity to experience living in such a historically interesting building. The majority of other buildings on site are Grade 2 listed. The stableyard hosts a significant colony of Lesser Horseshoe Bats (Rhinolophus hipposideros), and is part of the Special Area of Conservation (SAC): Pembrokeshire Bat Sites and Bosherston Lakes.

 

 

 


At Orielton we are lucky to have 120 acres of grounds containing coniferous and deciduous woodland, grassland, ponds and streams. This is used for teaching and for recreation, and is managed for biodiversity. There is an estate plan with clear management objectives and we keep records of species found on site.
Notable species on site include: