Member since: 02 Apr 2015
How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...
We ensure that local tradesmen, craftsmen and other local suppliers – whom we know by first name - benefit from our business by doing business with them instead of national chains. We are proud to be part of the Shrewsbury and we are proud that we are able to bring more business to the locals via our operation.
Throughout the years our staff have enjoyed working with local charities as well as helping out in the local community. Two charity organisations that we provided activity days for are the Chernobyl Child Life Line and Hope House Children’s Hospice. Children from both organisations come for the day to experience something that they had never experienced before. We decided to lend a helping hand by running a thrilling activity day for a group of these disadvantaged children, which included taking part in the High Ropes activities as well as all of our exciting indoor activities.The smiles and delight that shone from the faces of both groups of children at the end of the day were enough to melt anyone’s heart!
Early in the season the staff paints kennels at Moorlands Rescue, a rescue centre for dogs which is situated on the outskirts of Condover village. Some of the staff enjoyed their time there so much that they returned regularly in their free time to walk the dogs. This was much appreciated by the kennel staff as they themselves are extremely busy caring for these animals.
Closer to home, in the local village of Condover, the staff have donated their time to litter-picking, including one full day doing an entire litter-pick throughout the village and cleaning the road signs.
In parallel of maintaining Condover’s building and heritage our aim is to modernise at the same time. Hence, as an when older light bulbs fail we replace them with low energy alternatives. In the ancillary accommodation buildings we are completing window replacement scheme to improve heat retention and energy loss and all new windows are replaced like for like.
We have installed a voltage optimiser which is an energy saving technology that is installed in series with the main electricity supply to systematically optimise, regulate and clean the incoming power supply to bring the voltage supplied into a building in line with what is required. We are expecting savings not only in terms of the cost of the electricity but in the reduction of energy required.
Visiting families can participate in various eco sessions such as environmental explorers aimed at increasing their awareness of the natural environment. We also run week long courses where children work on the John Muir award, this award is an environmental award scheme focused on wild places. It encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.
We have had several ecologist reports on the estate and work with these experts to ensure we are doing our best in terms of the conservation of the estate’s wildlife and most recently we have installed several bat boxes across the grounds. Working with our ecologists we have been able to identify and know our wildlife. Records of species include Common pipistrelle bats, Otters, great crested newts , Brown long-eared bats and a small maternity roost of common pipistrelle bats in or around the grounds of Condover Hall. An active badger sett was also been identified in the grounds and a soprano pipistrelle roost has also been identified on the site. There is a wide range of birds including woodpecker, tits, nuthatch, Herons and Buzzards. All of our young guests have an induction and tour of the centre and are encouraged to be aware of the countryside code when travelling through our grounds.
Weaim to limit impact on the historical Grade I listed Condover Hall and its surroundings in several ways. Our objective is to preserve the historic heritage and to protect the fragile ecosystems, flora and fauna that flourish within the centre’s grounds.
Condover Hall -where our Family Adventure product takes place- is a Grade 1 mansion extending to 35 840 square feet with ancillary buildings extending to 108 000 square feet sitting in an estate of around 88 acres. With such a great building comes great responsibility to manage its upkeep. We have to ensure that we are conscious of what alterations or repairs can be made and where they are to ensure they do not contravene any listed sanctions.
Within the mansion itself we ensure that we obtain the correct advice before completing any work and simple repairs such as replacing broken windows are completed using the required materials and undertaken by skilled local traders who are specialist in repair and restoring historical buildings.
We have built strong relationships with the local community of Shrewsbury and Condover. We are proud to be active participants of these communities and take our social, economic and environmental obligations seriously. Since we started operating our activity centre we have immersed in the local community and identified where we can make a difference.