Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo, located in Pembrokeshire, was named the tenth best zoo in the world by TripAdvisor in the 2017 Travellers’ Choice Awards.

The attraction has been awarded with the Green Key since 2016 as recognition of its outstanding performance in the saving of energy and water resources, high level of waste separation and its excellent environmental information.

In order to be awarded the accreditation, they took a number of measures to demonstrate their commitment to minimising their environmental footprint. This included investing £250,000 in a solar panel system on the roof of the fairground to generate their own electricity and replacing the fun fair’s 10,000 lightbulbs with low energy versions, saving 70% of the energy previously needed.

In 2017, they invested £600,000 in a new biomass system, using woodchip that is 100% renewable to heat the fairground, the Carousel Woods indoor play area, Folly Interactive, the shop, offices, and funfair restaurant. This project will also supply hot water and save 700 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

As well as these larger investments, they’ve also planted five acres of willow trees for their giraffes to graze on. Once they have finished eating all the leaves and bark, they chip it and re-use it as bedding for other animals at the park. They’ve replaced all their hand driers with energy efficient versions and removed the wastage from paper towels.

They’ve set up a staff-led Green Team committee to manage all aspects of our recycling and sustainability projects and have designated recycling ambassadors who are involved with driving efforts forward. The staff also take simple everyday measures, such as ensuring they don’t use the printers unless they need to, making sure taps and electric plugs are turned off when they’re not in use, and organising a local beach clean to pick up litter.

Chris Ebsworth, Folly Farm Managing Director said:

Being an environmentally conscious business has always been very important to us, and receiving the Green Key reaccreditation is a testament to our commitment to this cause. We believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to take care of the environment, which is why receiving this accreditation is so important to us, and we look forward to working with Green Key and continuing to improve our environmental sustainability.

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy said:

I’d like to congratulate all the staff at Folly Farm who work so hard to maintain the standards demanded by the Green Key programme. This award is specifically for the tourism industry and as such is about being environmentally minded without compromising the visitor experience. It is fantastic to see top Welsh attractions achieving international Green Key accreditation and celebrating their positive environmental changes.

For more information, visit the Green Key website www.greenkey.cymru