“I used so much hairspray that I feel personally responsible for global warming” – Dusty Springfield
At Woodbridge we take our environmental responsibilities seriously. We are more concerned with environmentally responsible action than green certifications, credentials or posturing. We believe in putting principles into action.
The renovation of our wonderful 1825 heritage listed building is in itself a grand example of recycling. The building was derelict, and faced demolition. Restored, it will now live on for at least another two centuries. Within the building we have re-used and recycled wherever possible, and construction used plantation timber and low impact thermally efficient materials.
Power use is minimised with the use of timers and low energy-use appliances. Our light bulbs are low wattage . We have double glazed windows and insulated ceilings, walls and floors to conserve energy. Our guests have the option of reverse cycle air conditioning, overhead fans, and wall heaters, and each room is wired separately so that guests can choose to further minimise their usage.
Our guests love the old world charm of the open fires, but acknowledge that they are not only inefficient but also environmentally unfriendly. Guests are encouraged to use the romance of the fires for short periods only. Every chimney is fitted with a close-off hatch so that heat will not be lost up the flue when the fireplace is not in use.
Our baths and showers have been chosen to meet our guests’ dual requirements of bathing satisfaction and environmental awareness. Towels are replaced every second day unless guests indicate otherwise.
Our gardens are watered with irrigation drippers and sprinklers positioned, timed and programmed to minimise water wastage.
At our rural annexe property, Truffle Lodge, we have planted over 600 trees, and we are working with Greening Australia to remove exotic weeds, rehabilitate the river banks and re-establish native plantings.
We are keenly aware of the privilege of the clean air and pure water that we enjoy in Tasmania, and at Woodbridge we take whatever steps we can to preserve this for future generations.