Closing the Loop: Embracing Recycled Plastics at Gilwell Park Campsite

At our flagship campsite, Gilwell Park, we are taking a giant leap toward completing the circular economy and demonstrating our unwavering commitment to sustainability. We’re thrilled to announce the installation of 1.5 tonnes of recycled plastic picnic benches ahead of our major event Cuboree 2023, just one of the many steps we’re taking to reduce waste and promote environmental responsibility.

The Circular Economy Vision

The circular economy is a transformative concept that aims to minimise waste and resource consumption while maximising product longevity and reuse. At Gilwell Park, we’re fully embracing this vision, and our latest addition of recycled plastic picnic benches is a shining example of our dedication.

Why Recycled Plastic?

Plastic pollution is a global crisis, and as responsible stewards of the environment, we understand the urgency of addressing this issue. Traditional picnic benches, often made from virgin plastics or wood, contribute to deforestation and the depletion of natural resources. By opting for recycled plastic, we’re tackling this problem head-on:

  1. Reduced Environmental Impact: Using recycled plastic diverts waste from landfills and reduces the demand for new plastic production, ultimately conserving precious resources and energy.
  2. Durability: Recycled plastic is incredibly durable and resistant to weathering, ensuring that our picnic benches will stand the test of time and require minimal maintenance.
  3. Eco-Friendly Aesthetics: Our recycled plastic picnic benches are designed to mimic the appearance of wood, allowing us to maintain a beautiful, natural aesthetic while remaining eco-conscious.
  4. Low Maintenance: Unlike traditional wooden benches, recycled plastic benches won’t rot, splinter, or require repainting, saving both time and resources.
  5. Community Engagement: These benches serve as a visible reminder of our commitment to sustainability, inspiring our campsite visitors to think more consciously about their own environmental impact.

A Positive Impact

The installation of 1.5 tonnes of recycled plastic picnic benches at Gilwell Park represents a meaningful step forward on our sustainability journey. Not only do these benches embody our dedication to reducing waste, but they also offer tangible benefits to our visitors and the environment:

  1. Enhanced Visitor Experience: Our campsite visitors can now enjoy comfortable and sustainable seating options while immersed in the natural beauty of Gilwell Park.
  2. Educational Opportunities: These benches provide an opportunity for education and discussion about recycling, the circular economy, and the importance of making eco-friendly choices.
  3. Environmental Stewardship: We are actively contributing to the reduction of plastic waste and conserving natural resources, setting a positive example for our community and beyond.


At Gilwell Park, we’re not just talking the talk; we’re walking the walk when it comes to sustainability. Our installation of 1.5 tonnes of recycled plastic picnic benches marks a significant stride toward completing the circular economy, reducing plastic waste, and demonstrating our commitment to a greener future. We invite you to visit Gilwell Park, experience the benefits of these eco-friendly benches first-hand, and join us in our mission to create a more sustainable world for generations to come. Together, we can close the loop and make a positive impact on the environment.


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