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Sustainable development

As our ancestors were keen to say "there are talkers and doers" !

Broceliande Gardens, and all the other sectors of the Association for the promotion of the Disabled, is involved on a daily basis with the concept of sustainable development, which, let us remember, is defined by a confluence of economic, social and ecological approaches.

Economic Approach: because without activities which satisfy the need for leisure and culture and the resulting economic activity, Broceliande Gardens and the Le Pommeret APH could not survive.

Social Approach: equally in respect of the association and the Gardens :

  • social utility: the objective of the association is to create educational and recreational activities, to educate visitors and school groups and, at the same time, fight against exclusion by creating training opportunies and employment for people with disabilities
  • social enterprise : within our non-profit making association the association reinvests any eventual surplus back into the association, developing training and competence recognition (Différent et compétent award), improving work and daily conditions for the disabled and employees, or by redistribution in the form of profit-sharing or bonus's. A practical way of putting into practise the concepts of a social and equitable economy...

In order to revitalise the cultural aspect of the Gardens, we also work with local associations registered within the Broceliande area. In the future, the Gardens would like to organise events and become a venue where live performances and artistic activities can take place...

Ecological Approach

each day we contribute towards development which, whilst meeting the needs of today's generation does not compromise the capacity of future generations to respond to their own needs

"Think globally, act locally": We are profoundly convinced that everyone can, at their own level think locally whilst acting locally. Illustrated below are examples at Broceliande Gardens or in other activities of the association:

  • Broceliande Gardens:
    • enhancement of biodiversity (plant collections, local animal species conservation, landscaped areas ...)
    • installing technology which allows the reduction of water consumption, carried out in partnership with the Water Authority.
    • training and information on alternatives to artificial fertilisers and pesticides, in conjunction with the "Intercommunal Union of the Meu catchment area" confirmed by our signature of the charter « Garden Naturally, it's only natural » « Jardinez au naturel, ça coule de source ».
    • alternative solutions to the use of artificial fertilisers and pesticides (mulching and mechanical weeding...)
    • installation of dry toilets
    • managed grass cutting depending upon the season and visitor numbers
    • shared leaflet distribution (recycled paper) between several associations
    • school activities aimed at environmental education (water cycle ...)
    • partnership with the Ille-et-Vilaine Beekeepers' Union (hives, training and activities)
    • the products in our on-site shop are from fair-trade commerce, organic agriculture or are locally produced
    • selective waste recycling

Under development at Broceliande Gardens:

- apple production in conversion to organic agriculture.
- alternative heating methods in our premises.
- research into sustainable energy and resource usage.

In other activities of the association, some important achievements are:
- 16% organic and 30% local products are purchased for use in our business restaurant (250 covers per day).
- green waste transfer scheme (3500m3 /year), with treatment by phyto-purification, thus limiting waste transport by the association and the commune of Bréal sous Montfort.
- use of artesian well water for W.C.s, rubbish area, washing area, washing machines and watering.

Equitable Approach

Broceliande Gardens, through its on-site shop, promotes products manufactured by other ESATs, products which use organic production methods or that are locally produced (apple juice, cider, coffee, jams etc.).

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