How Green is York Racecourse?

At York Racecourse we take our responsibility to the planet seriously and continually work to reduce our environmental footprint across all areas of the business. 

RUBBISH & ENERGY 

  • We are proud to operate Zero to Landfill with all rubbish.  This is managed by Yorwaste.
  • Rubbish that cannot be recycled is digested and converted into electricity, producing enough annually to power our 4-day Ebor Festival over 3 times.
  • Energy consumption has been reduced by 30% across the racecourse, achieved by effective building management systems.
  • Used cooking oil from our kitchens is recylced into bio-diesel. 

PLASTIC 

A conscious effort has been made to reduce single use plastics: 

  • Wooden only cutlery is available in self-service food areas in the grandstands.
  • Water fountains are available around the racecourse as well water jugs in the main bar areas. 
  • Glasses are made from recycled plastic.
  • Wine is sold in cans. 

LAND & BIODIVERSITY 

  • Our award-winning grounds team use organic soil management practices where possible.   
  • Seaweed, a natural additive helps improve the quality of the racetrack soil and ability to absorb and retain nutrients.  
  • Each year the racecourse is populated with a diverse range of species of flowers creating habitat for insects and pollinators.
  • We have planted trees in celebration of The Queen's Green Canopy at our Stableside complex.

WATER 

  • 2 bore holes provide 6,300,000 gallons of sustainable water for track irrigation and of main lawned areas. 
  • Irrigation takes places at night to reduce evaporation. 
  • 110 pop-up sprinkler heads were recently replaced on the racetrack improving water dispersal when irrigating.  

LOCALLY SOURCED 

  • Only British meat features in our hospitality dishes, with beef sourced from Yorkshire.
  • We also source food from local producers and suppliers.
  • Our menus are focussed on being seasonal, therefore, they are not only delicious but reduced in food miles! 

TRANSPORT 

  • Return group bus transport is provided to our hospitality teams on racedays.
  • We encourage visitors to use Public Transport where possible, the racecourse is located 1 mile from York train station, with direct links to London and Scotland. 
  • Race-day buses shuttle between the station and racecourse, which are specifically for racegoers. 

 

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