Green News

Just before Christmas we won a Gold for Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award and a Silver for Active and Sporting Tourism.  Now, on the 6th February we are going down to Exeter to learn whether we have succeeded in the South West, fingers crossed.

Here are some examples of what we have done and do every day:

  • The  environmental talk which we give to all our visitors is ready for the first groups arrival at the beginning of February 2020
  • We run our electric car off our own solar panels
  • Every year we increase our tree planting, to date we have planted 7,500
  • We have our own bee hives, we started with one in 2017 and we now have 5 busily pollinating our gardens
  • We have never sprayed with any chemicals on our land
  • We are looking forward to our first groups arriving in February when we will implement our food waste challenge, can we encourage more schools this year than last?
  • We are actively promoting our Rail Escort from London to the West Country for the 2020 Summer Camps (in 2019 1/3 of children came by rail)
  • We are running a workshop for our teams to plan on how to minimise their use of single use plastic.  The kitchen is already looking at beeswax wraps
  • Annual Bruton Spring Clean organised by Mill on the Brue staff and the community Saturday 28th March
  • Drinking fountains
  • LED lighting throughout the centre
  • Recycling bins all round the centre

Food Waste

A concerted effort has been made to stop food waste and here is how ....

In 2012 we wasted over 1 ton of food.  This was truly horrifying so we introduced the Food Waste Challenge.  If groups didn't throw any of their food away during their stay they became "Zero Heroes".  This simple idea has proved to be extremely successful with groups taking this initiative back to school.   In 2019 we had over 35 schools becoming Zero Heroes.  We have even won an Award for this practice.


Interesting Statistics

2018 we wasted 389 kilos of food waste

2019 we wasted 347 kilos of food waste

A whopping 42 kilo improvement.  What will 2020 bring ...


Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Here at Mill on the Brue we really try to stick to this motto.  Our use for old tyres have made us some really comfortable benches

and some interesting activities.


Since 1999 we have always had our own home made recycling bins for customers and staff.






During our 37 years of operation Mill on the Brue has always attempted to be as inclusive as possible.
It is tough enough for a child to have to cope with a disability but to then be refused access to an outdoor centre with the oppurtunity of enjoying all the activities and games which more able children can try is a double blow.
Over the years we have welcomed groups from The Haemophiliac Society, Royal Institute for the Blind which then became Action for the Blind, The Deaf Society, and individual children with a range of disabilities from serious allergies to physical handicaps.  We have always tried to adapt the surroundings, the activities and our approach to ensure that the child has experienced the very best we can provide.
All our staff have regular training in adapting their instructional style and access to the activities and also catering and housekeeping.