Environmental Management

At Sewerby Hall and Gardens we know it's important to take care of our environment, not only for the enjoyment of our visitors now, but for generations to come.

In the Garden

We use woodland branches and stumps for the animal enrichment, using local suppliers where possible, planting of trees, native plants to support local wildlife, provision of various nest boxes, created a bug hotel, the use of electric golf buggies, using fallen trees and turn them into bark mulch for the woodland paths.

In the House and Café

We are reducing the amount of single use plastics, effective building management systems (boilers), estate litter is recycled at the recycling centre, LED light bulbs (internal and external), and light sensors in office area.

In the Zoo

All bedding such as straw and hay, food and animal waste is recycled. Where possible, rain water is collected and used in paddocks and enclosures, and fountains are solar-powered to reduce the use of electricity. Fallen trees and local forestry works are also recycled and reused on site, either as mulch for the garden and pathways, or stumps and logs are added into enclosures for enrichment for the animals.

Electric Vehicle Charging

Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points have been installed in the car park, next to the bin store, on a first come, first served basis. Visitors can operate the EV charger using a fob or the MER app on their smartphone. The charger is free to use by registered users. The MER app is free to download on the App Store and Google Play.

EV charging points form part of East Riding of Yorkshire Council's commitment to support the switch to greener forms of transport, since this will help the UK to achieve its carbon reduction targets, tackle local air quality challenges and lower noise pollution.