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Our Top Five Eco-Friendly Wedding Venues

Katherine Grant

You do your best everyday to reduce your footprint on the earth, so why should your wedding be any different?!

Having a ‘green’ wedding  doesn’t have to be any more leg-work, especially when you book with these eco friendly venues.

Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel, Derby

This stunning privately-owned 17th Century half-timbered farmhouse has a strong green ethos, with solar panels, reed beds and a biomass boiler providing heat and hot water from the surrounding forest.

And it’s beautiful to boot! The family own the local 170 acre deer park, which dates from medieval times and also contains one of the country’s largest collections of Ancient Oak Trees.

Donnington Park Farmhouse Hotel wedding venue
Donnington Park Farmhouse Hotel, Derbyshire
Donnington Park Farmhouse Hotel wedding venue
Donnington Park Farmhouse Hotel, Derbyshire

Southend Barns, Chistester

Set on a working farm in the stunning West Sussex countryside, the converted farm buildings and beautiful landscaped gardens at Southend Barns are built and run using the latest environmentally sustainable technology.

To off set the high carbon footprint of a wedding, features including a biomass boiler and sustainable materials such as hemp. Not surprisingly they have been just been awarded hitched.co.uk Best Barn Venue 2018!

Southend Barns wedding venue in Chichester
Southend Barns, Chichester
Southend Barns wedding venue in Chichester
Southend Barns, Chichester
Southend Barns wedding venue in Chichester
Southend Barns, Chichester

The Eden Project, St Austall

You can’t get much more iconic and memorable than The Eden Project for an eco wedding venue.  As you can imagine, sustainability is at the heart of wedding planning with much emphasis on keeping food miles down and putting as much back into the Cornish economy as possible. 80% of it’s produce is seasonal and sourced locally.

As you’d expect from The Eden Project, they are passionate about plants, and their on-hand ‘Flower Fairies’ either locally source wedding flowers or provide flowers from the inside the biome domes!

The Eden Project wedding venue in Cornwall
The Eden Project, Cornwall
The Eden Project wedding venue in Cornwall
The Eden Project, Cornwall
The Eden Project wedding venue in Cornwall
The Eden Project, Cornwall

The Barbican, London

Not only can you tie the knot in The Conservatory at The Barbican, but you can do so safe in the knowledge that their commitment to sustainability is second to none.  Every effort is made to reduce their carbon footprint through waste management and energy usage, so to have the least impact possible on the local community and environment.

Eco policies aside, it is one of the most unusual wedding venues in London. Imagine getting married in a lush tropical oasis, home to finches, quails, exotic fish and 2,000 species of tropical plants!

The Barbican wedding venue in London
The Barbican Centre, London
The Barbican wedding venue in London
The Barbican Centre, London

The Green House, Bournemouth

On the face of it, The Green House is simply a beautifully restored Grade II Victorian seaside villa but within months of opening, The Green House was voted number one boutique eco hotel in the World! (British Airways Highlife Magazine).

Produce for wedding catering is seasonal, sourced locally and where possible organic, and the wine list is also organic and biodynamic.  Everything is as green as possible, from the free electric car charge points to the energy efficient lighting. They encourage all guests to be as green too during their stay with free water bottle refills and the staff are trained on all things  sustainable. If you are looking for a venue that lives and breathes sustainability, this is it!

The Green House wedding venue in Bournemouth
The Green House, Bournemouth
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