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Environmental Policy
The Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust has been given a gold award under the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

The Castle of Mey is a Grade A listed building with a history stretching four centuries. The Castle was bought by The Queen Mother in 1952 and became her holiday home that she visited twice a year till her passing in 2002, when it was opened to the public. On completion of the purpose-built environmentally friendly Visitor Centre in 2007 The Castle of Mey was awarded a five star visitor attraction by Visit Scotland.

Our staff are committed to monitoring and reducing our impact on the environment and have undertaken a number of measures to reduce our environmental impact, some of which are listed below:

  • Energy - We are progressively replacing all lighting with the most energy efficient available. Where possible lighting is being replaced with LED lighting and PRP controllers have been introduced. Our Visitors Centre is heated using a ground source heat pump.
  • Recycling - A high percentage of the vegetables used in the Visitors Centre comes from our Garden when available and all garden waste is composted. Recycled paper and stationery is used as much as possible and we also encourage all suppliers/ customers to use electronic communications where possible.
  • Local Produce - We strive to purchase local produce where viable in order to reduce the impact of transportation on the environment and to support the local economy.
  • Transport - we recognise the impact of our visitors travelling to and from the Castle and encourage visitors to use public transport if and when possible.
  • Social & Communication - We are regularly visited by local schools and groups. The Groups have access to the Sensory planting areas in the Gardens and food providence information in the Animal Centre. We work with local Bee Keeping, Bat Watchers and other wildlife groups.

    How you can be a responsible visitor  seven things you can do to help save the planet

    1. Conserve Energy  Reduce energy consumption by turning off lights and closing windows when the heating is on.

    2. Pedal Power  Give the car a rest, try walking, cycling or using the public transport for the day.

    3. Shop Local - Use local producers and products. This supports the local communities and gives you a flavour of the area.

    4. The 3 Rs  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Use a fabric shopping bag rather than taking plastic ones, avoid overly packaged goods and recycle your waste in the correct bins.

    5. Water Wise - Turn off taps when not in use, reduce the flush size on your toilets, collect roof water for use in the garden or to wash the car.

    6. Help Nature & The Environment - Look after the landscape by not littering and removing litter where possible. Guard against fire hazards. Use footpaths and cycle-ways responsibly, respect signage, especially closing gates signs where livestock is about.

    7. Support Green Tourism Businesses - The GTB Scheme shows that a business is committed to reducing their environmental impacts and becoming more sustainable. These businesses are awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold for their efforts to be more environmentally responsible.

    We hope you enjoy your visit with us and hope to see you again soon.

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