Green & Sustainable Weddings

Green and Sustainable Weddings

Escot Estate is a Devon wedding venue with a real commitment to caring for the environment.

For many couples, being able to have a green and sustainable wedding has become an important consideration when choosing a venue.

Escot Estate has long been known locally as ‘The Natural Place’. This is because there is so much being done to protect the natural environment, both in the parkland and the house. When you book a wedding at Escot you can feel confident that our ethos will be carried over into your celebrations.

Catering

The ingredients we use for event catering is locally sourced wherever possible. This reduces our food miles to a minimum.

  • Our non-meat/dairy food waste is used as feed for local chickens.
  • We use recycled napkins and paper straws.
  • We use loose teas to eliminate the plastic in tea bags.
  • Instead of clingfilm, we opt for washable food covers.
  • We use washable silicon sheets instead of baking parchment.

Our barbeques are a popular choice for evening receptions, family days and corporate away days. We use charcoal from Exeter Charcoal, who are based here on the estate and often use Escot wood; local, sustainable and with no added chemicals. It’s ready to use in 10 minutes and you don’t need lighter fuel to get it started.

Greener products

Where possible we buy bulk cleaning products and put them into smaller containers for day to day use.

We have switched to low energy light bulbs throughout the house.

Escot House in general recycles as much waste as possible.
In the garden
Where many people use mains water to keep their gardens irrigated during the dryer months, Escot has its own supply of spring water. The beautiful garden that is frequently used by wedding parties is kept looking at its best by this natural source of water.

We have several hives, kept by a neighbour, giving homes to honey bees who have access to nectar from a huge variety of plants in our garden and the adjacent grounds of Wildwood.

We have reduced the mowing and now keep the far end of the lawn longer for the insects and birds, so you’ll have lots to look at when you enjoy the garden on your wedding day!

Heating

The house is heated by a biomass boiler installed by local renewables experts, SunGift Solar. This reduces our carbon emissions by 95 tonnes each year. The biomass boiler uses woodfuel, some of which is sourced from the estate.

Ethos

The Kennaways are always pleased to welcome couples keen on having a green and sustainable wedding day, as this reflects our own ethos. We will work with you to make every detail as environmentally friendly as possible. We look forward to welcoming your planet-friendly wedding at Escot!

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