Lane End Conference Centre has established a fruit orchard in its grounds as part of innovative plans to become as sustainable possible.
The Buckinghamshire-based complex is leading the way when it comes to looking after the environment and has recently planted a variety of apple, pear, plum, greengage and persimmon trees to create an oasis for wildlife and provide fruit which will be used by the conference and events centre.
The orchard is sited on the top corner of its amenity field providing a visually pleasing mixture of colourful bloom in the spring as well as fruit, which will be processed into a pasteurised juice blend to serve to customers.
The orchard is just one of a number of sustainability initiatives that have been announced by Lane End recently including introducing a paperless office to cut down on printing, repurposing used coffee grounds as compost, recycling cooking oil into Bio Fuels and asking all administration staff to use Ecosia search engine as the company behind it uses profits to plant more trees across the globe where they are needed.
Heni Fourie, Sales and Marketing Director at Lane End Conference Centre, said: “We have been working incredibly hard here at Lane End Conference Centre recently to find more environmentally friendly ways of working. We are very fortunate to be based on a beautiful site and we want to make sure we look after it for generations to come.
“Planting our orchard is just one part of our five-step sustainability plan which is all about doing our bit to help make the planet a better place. We are also cutting down on printing whilst investing in technology and online tools to continue to be as productive as possible, looking at the environmental credentials of the suppliers we use, providing bags for used coffee beans at our coffee stations so customers can take them home to use as compost in their gardens and making sure all our oil is recycled into Bio Fuels. In addition, we will soon be planting a herb garden to supply our kitchen with a few types of herb such as thyme and rosemary.
“We’re committed to finding new and innovative ways we can do more to secure a greener future for everyone. This is just the start of an exciting journey for us.”
For further information visit www.lane-end-conferences.co.uk