We have stopped using the old style take-away cups and replaced them with VegWare, which is 100% compostable. Other VegWare products we use include compostable bin liners, helping to reduce the amount of plastic used. We use Rainforest Alliance certified coffee and tea which is 100% sustainable. We aim to recycle as much as possible including cardboard, paper, plastic, cans and food waste, and we encourage our customers to do the same. Our produce is locally sourced to help reduce the carbon footprint.
Our forests and woods are brilliant places to explore all year round but in winter please take extra care.
Goshawks are seen less often than might be expected for such a large raptor, but the New Fancy viewpoint in the Forest of Dean has become one of the prime sites in Britain for watching their spring display flights. Goshawks had ceased to breed in Britain by the mid-nineteenth century. The first definite modern Gloucestershire breeding record did not come until 1980 when a pair from Gwent arrived and nested in the county. Locations were kept a secret, and as a result the Goshawk spread rapidly. The present population is considered to consist entirely of lost or escaped captive birds and their descendants. By 1984 there were five known pairs in the county. This increased to 21 by 1995, and in the Dean and Wye Valley in 2011, there were 62 known nesting sites, most likely saturation point for the forest.
Peregrines have nested in the limestone cliffs of Coldwell Rocks in the Forest of Dean for the past 20 years. The crevices in the rock face are also ideal nesting sites for other birds such as ravens and jackdaws. From the viewing point on Symonds Yat Rock you can enjoy watching the Peregrine Falcons while they hunt and raise their young from April to August each year. Other birds of prey such as Goshawks and Buzzards can also be seen here. The RSPB are on hand and have been since 1983 to show people the birds and to protect the breeding peregrine falcoms.