For over 300 years the Goodwood Estate has continually demonstrated its responsibility to the land and local community. Since the first Duke of Richmond came to Goodwood in 1697, the estate has successfully adapted to changing socio-economic and natural environmental conditions. Today the estate continues to meet the challenges of climate change with creativity and innovation.
Our approach extends beyond the straightforward ownership of land and property to encompass each and every event and enterprise run on the estate. We are therefore committed to undertaking a range of initiatives to achieve our sustainability goals, ensuring the estate’s enduring resilience and contribution towards the development of a fairer, more sustainable world beyond its gates.
From solar panels providing energy for Goodwood’s historic Motor Circuit, to rewilding and biodiversity projects including the introduction of 78,000 new trees, to biomass boilers – fuelled from our own sustainably managed forests – providing renewable heat for The Kennels, Goodwood Hotel and Hound Lodge, there are a number of projects underway to ensure we achieve our eventual goal of becoming a carbon positive estate.
From Farm to Festival
Goodwood’s sustainability strategy covers all aspects of the estate and its activities, from farming with a self-sustaining and certified organic system and responsible forestry focused on continuous cover via natural regeneration, to our events, which of course provide a more substantial challenge in terms of balancing environmental impact with the benefits to the local community, charities and a global audience.
Across all of these activities, our strategy is focused on the six key priorities of natural capital, carbon, water, business, resources and social impact. We remain alert and responsive to changing conditions and expectations. Further initiatives are planned to join those already in progress and move us towards our goal of becoming a carbon neutral estate.
Tree planting and Rewilding
Offsetting Visitors’ Travel Footprints
Goodwood staff were involved in a huge woodland creation project in December 2019 – the largest of its type in the South of England. The scheme saw 40 hectares of new plantations in 12 locations, with over 78,000 trees arriving on the estate. In addition to this we also planted an extra 600m of hedgerow at Goodwood, and rewilded several sections of our 11,000 acres to support the local flora and fauna.
The tree planing initaive won the All England Woodland Resilience Award for woodland creation in 2021.
With visitor travel making up around 50% of our carbon emissions, we offer our visitors the chance to help us in our mission by choosing to offset their own individual footprint. A £1 donation is now available at the checkout stage when booking Goodwood event tickets, which goes towards our tree planting and rewilding efforts.
Carbon Reduction Plan
Goodwood has switched to 100% renewable energy providers and trialled several options for switching to renewable fuel at our events and across the estate, including recycled cooking oil and solar hybrid power.
We are also working on improving the water efficiency infrastructure across all of our properties, and have introduced water refill stations and reusable cups at our events.
Zero Food Waste
At Goodwood, we are committed to the care of our livestock and soil. We continue to build a traditional system to provide wholesome food, as well as maintaining the perfect conditions for the increase of natural flora and fauna across the estate for the enjoyment of all.
Farmer, Butcher, Chef is the showcase for Goodwood’s exceptional produce; the restaurant is involved in every aspect of production from field to fork, ensuring that nothing is wasted. Farmer, Butcher, Chef’s original approach has been recognised and it was one of the first restaurants to receive the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Sustainable Food Philosophy Seal. We have also achieved zero food waste by converting carefully managed waste into renewable energy.
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