The Rochester Bridge Trust is committed to reducing its impact on the environment, with an ongoing commitment to adjusting activities to enable the achievement of Carbon Net Zero for all activities.
At time of writing all routine bridge maintenance meets this target, and other activities – such as the summer 2022 All About Bridges education event – are Carbon Neutral, thanks to careful decision making to reduce emissions, and ongoing tree planting at Wardens’ Wood.
One of the ways the Trust achieved this is with the use of re-usable or recyclable products wherever possible.
The world record breaking model bridge that forms the centrepiece for the All About Bridges event runs diagonally across the Nave of Rochester Cathedral, and on either side it is accompanied by a selection of free, hands-on learning activities. To bring all of these things together – and to protect the floor of the Cathedral – the whole area has been covered by indoor grass.
This is made from 80% recycled plastic, is 100% recyclable and is a product that will be re-used a lot for future indoor activities. These are important factors when making any purchasing decisions:
- Can the item be re-used and do we have a good reason to re-use it?
- When it reaches the end of its life, is it recyclable?
These are decisions that can often be overlooked when focusing on the purchase of a new product, however when it comes to considering the long-term cost of an item, they are very important decisions to make.