Margate Winter Gardens Dreaming of a Greener Christmas - YOUR Leisure

Margate Winter Gardens Dreaming of a Greener Christmas

The team at Margate Winter Gardens are on a mission to make their venue greener for the new decade; starting with the removal of “wasteful” Christmas crackers at this year’s Winter Wonderland nights.

The money saved this year by not purchasing Christmas crackers will instead be donated to two wonderful charities who support Thanet’s communities; Speak Up CIC and Pilgrims Hospices.

Each year it is estimated that Christmas crackers account for up to 154 million pieces of plastic that end up in UK landfills and potentially our oceans causing harm to British wildlife and ecosystems.

Lynne Boyd, Deputy Hospitality & Entertainments Manager at Margate Winter Gardens said: “One of the most wonderful things about the venue is the sweeping sea view. We wanted to make sure that as a coastal venue we are doing everything we can to protect our seas. This is the start of us phasing out all single-use plastic items, and products that contain single-use plastics which can end up in our waters. Winter Wonderland is a fabulous run of dinners but our teams have thrown away far too much non-recyclable plastic from these wasteful crackers and it’s time to make a change. We’re looking at procuring genuinely environmentally friendly alternatives for the future.”