As an organisation we have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment and are actively taking steps to do so.  Our volunteer Green Team supports the team to make improvements through our Environmental Action Plan (below).


Recent activity in 2024 includes:

  • Attended training from Historic England to become accredited as Carbon Literate by the Carbon Literacy Trust
  • We are now well advanced with our scheme to fit solar panels onto parts of our roof. Generating our own power will reduce what we have to buy, dramatically cutting our ‘carbon footprint’ and saving money as well.
  • We have looked at our energy suppliers as our fixed contracts come to an end, and we have secured greener supplies and smart meters. This means that we will be using a more sustainable source of power and can plan power usage more efficiently.
  • We are recycling the coffee grounds from our Tea Room and using them in our home-made compost, which helps our beautiful heritage garden to flourish.

Successes over the last few years include:

  • For parties and events we choose eco-friendly decorations like those made from paper and recycled bunting borrowed from Wimborne Town Council.
  • Working with Wimborne War on Waste, we are a Surfer’s Against Sewage Plastic Free Champion (Bronze)
  • Wherever possible we buy from local suppliers, reducing the miles items and food has to travel to get to us and support local businesses.
  • We offer, and promote, free water refills in the Tea Room
  • Our Garden is wildlife friendly, with bug hotels, bat boxes and a pond. We take part in regular activities which promote nature, including Moth Nights and Bat Walks.

Local Steering Groups

As part of our community work, we are on several local steering groups, including those committed to improving the environment:

  • We are part of the Wilding Wimborne Steering Group, helping to reverse the dramatic decrease in wildlife and insects.
  • We are also on the Planet Wimborne Steering Group, including being involved in the annual Green Festival


Our Plan for Reducing Carbon Emissions Created by our Activities

 This Environmental Action Plan (EAP) outlines how we assess the environmental impact of our activities and continuously improve so that we deliver our activities in a genuinely environmentally responsible manner. The museum has chosen to actively commit to the reduction of carbon emissions (our ‘carbon footprint’) in all aspects of museum activity. We will measure carbon emissions from our activities wherever possible, evaluating where we can make reductions by changing how we do things and implementing those actions. Whilst we believe that the concept of ‘Net Zero Carbon Emissions’ would be difficult for us to achieve in practice, we shall nevertheless keep this concept in mind as we move forward with our programme of improvements.

We accept that this plan will be a long term programme of work, but believe that it is a necessary goal, in order to protect and preserve our local and global environment. The plan will need the cooperation and goodwill of the entire team, including Staff, Volunteers and Trustees to play their part.

Key museum activities that we will look at as part of this plan include:

  1. Electricity usage

We’ll measure how much electricity we consume over the year, reviewing our electricity needs and how we can reduce consumption of power taken from the national grid. We’ll consider the viability of renewable electricity sources such as solar power.


  1. Gas usage

We’ll measure the amount of natural gas that we consume each year to see how we can reduce or eliminate this fossil fuel, a key source of greenhouse gas emissions discharged into the environment.


  1. Water consumption

Whilst not directly creating carbon emissions, water needs to be pumped and the treatment of wastewater uses energy, and it is therefore an indirect carbon emission. We will review our water consumption and seek to reduce it within our activities.


  1. Tea Room

Continue to reduce our impact in Tea Room activities by looking at buying more locally produced items (which reduces food miles), and the consumption of energy and water. Introduce a discount for those using sustainable modes of transportation to reach us, or reusable cups.


  1. Shop

Continue to selectively purchase goods for sale in our shop which are made from natural or recyclable materials, and do not use plastic packaging.


  1. Museum activities

Reuse and recycle display material whenever possible, including sharing resources with local museums. Ensure new displays and curatorial activities comply with environmental sustainability criteria. When possible, avoid the need for people to travel to the museum by holding meetings online or hybrid meetings.  


  1. Waste

 Where we produce solid wastes through our activities, we’ll increase the amount of material that we send for recycling and reduce the amount of waste that we send sent to landfill through our bins.


  1. Garden

Increase composting of garden waste for recycling back into the Garden and eliminating the use of gardening chemicals.


  1. Building

Where possible in the historic building, look to improve insulation, draft proofing and room usage to reduce heat losses whilst meeting heating requirements for our historic building structure and collection.


  1. Communication and promotion

Continue to promote our environmental commitments as part of our community engagement and education programmes, encouraging everyone to do their bit. Share best practice and learn from other museums and attractions.