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. 


  • 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. 


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. 


  • 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.


  • 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.  


  • 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! 


  • 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.