Going Green

GTBS Gold for guided walks in JerseyJersey Walk Adventures is part of Jersey Kayak Adventures. We are committed to reducing the environmental impacts caused by the day to day activities of the business.

We play an active role in encouraging our clients to discover our environment. With this comes a responsibility to ensure we minimise our impact.

Read our Environmental guidelines here.

The company was one of the first Leader grade members of Eco-Active Jersey and holds the Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business scheme. Most members of our staff are Wild Life Safe (WiSe) trained guides.

Responsible visitor charter

We can all help to ensure that our fantastic coastline and environment remains safe for future visits by helping to do just a few simple things.

In our desire to view wildlife we may unintentionally disturb wildlife. Follow the advice of our trained staff. Read our wildlife watching code in the Environmental Guidelines.

Avoid bringing disposable water bottles with you. Use a cycle water bottle instead.

Try to reduce the amount of throw away and single-use items you bring on our trips. Less packaging can make a major impact in reducing the amount of rubbish on beaches. Paper bags and reusable lunch boxes are a great idea.

On all our trips consider picking up one piece of rubbish from any beach. Removing one item of plastic makes a difference if we all do this.

Collect the white hooks and elastics used by the Oyster farmers.

Driving and parking can be a nightmare at some of our departure points. If you plan to arrive by bicycle or bus to the walk, we will refund £1 per adult at the venue. Please tell us at the time of booking. We may ask for evidence at the start of the walk e.g. bus tickets. Bus times can be accessed here.

Make an impact by booking activities and accommodation from members of Eco-active or the Green Business scheme (see below).

Support local business. Buy local, act globally. Local businesses put more back into the community. (To learn more about this take time to read “The small mart revolution” by Michael H Shuman.) Jersey has lots of Farm shops and to shop there is a culinary delight. Look out for the Genuine Jersey logo.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Big words, but what do they mean for us in our approach to the environment, community and the way we operate as a business on Jersey.

To reduce the environmental impact of our business, our targets are:

1. Comply with the requirements of environmental legislation and approved codes of practice.
2. Aim to improve environmental performance.
3. Reduce pollution, emissions and waste arising from our activities.
4. Reduce the use of all raw materials, energy and supplies.
5. Raise awareness, encourage participation and train employees in environmental matters.
6. Encourage similar environmental standards from all suppliers and contractors.
7. Assist customers and clients to use products and services in an environmentally sensitive way.
8. Liaise with the local community.
9. Participate in discussions about environmental issues.
10. Endeavour to buy local products from local suppliers where ever possible.

Here are a few of the things we do:

Use biodegradable detergents and sterilising solutions when cleaning wetsuits, boots and clothing
Use recycled paper.
Operate energy-efficient light bulbs at the office.
Installed electric water and room heating at the office.
Offer work experience placements with Project Trident for young people.
Offer special rates for schools and youth groups.
Support local charities by offering raffle prizes and training/support for people undertaking kayaking events to raise money for charity.
Use video conferencing via Zoom and GoToMeeting to save time and energy.
Organise beach cleans on some of the remoter coves around Jersey.
Active in environmental issues. Membership of the Jersey Ramsar Management Group, Marine Biology section.
Buy local whenever possible.
We aim to operate out of just one venue each day to reduce fuel emissions.
Monitor air pollution via an islandwide monitoring system
Bought an Electric van in 2019
Measure our Carbon emissions since 2018. We are exploring buying Carbon offsets where it is not possible to reduce our carbon emissions.
Offer a discount to clients who travel to our venues using public transport, on foot or cycle.

Wild Life Safe (WiSe)

Staff have undergone Wild life Safe training and follow the observing wildlife code. WiSe is a Training and Accreditation scheme aimed at operators of passenger pleasure craft, wildlife cruise operators, dive boats and charter yachts, who may come into contact with marine wildlife such as whales, dolphins, basking sharks or seals.
Training consists of instruction in how to best view these creatures, whilst at the same time minimising disturbance.

Eco-active scheme

We were the first Jersey company to sign up to the Eco-active business scheme. This scheme encourages business to consider their wider environmental impact and adopt good practice.
Jersey Kayak & Walk Adventures played an active role in the Ecrehous management plan, the Marine Wild Life Watching Code for Jersey.

We are members of the Ramsar Management Authority and are part of a group trying to reduce the amount of visual pollution caused by signage in the Ramsar site.

Green Tourism

We are one of the first members of the Green Tourism business scheme (GTBS) in Jersey and gained the Gold award.

The GTBS is the leading sustainable tourism certification scheme in the UK. Businesses opting to join are assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of areas, like energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more.

Supporting our community

We try to buy from local suppliers whenever possible. They often have greater investment in the local community than off island organisations.
We support local charities, clubs and organisation through donations and special rates for specific organisations.

Memberships:

The Wild Life Safe scheme.
Eco Active – a Jersey scheme.
Green Tourism – Gold grade.
Jersey Heritage
Marine Biology section
Jersey Ramsar Management Authority group member
Jersey Tourist Guide Association
Societe Jersiaise–  Promotes the study of Jersey archaeology, history, natural history, the ancient language and the conservation of the environment.