Protecting Britain’s magical waterland for future generations.
The Broads is an internationally important wetland, with the status equivalent to a National Park. There are more than 40 broads or small lakes linked together by approximately 125 miles of navigable water. It is a truly magical area that is home to many species of rare plants, animals, insects and birds. The area offers a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities, but it is also a very fragile environment.
Here at Norfolk Broads Direct we are committed to the environment. The Broads offers a wealth of outdoor fun activities, but does need to be protected so that everyone can enjoy the special environment now and in the future.
As part of this commitment we aim to reduce the impact of our activities on the environment.
We encourage the use of public transport where possible.
For those taking a holiday with us in a holiday home or on a hire cruiser, we offer a free pick up service from Hoveton & Wroxham train station.
A 10% discount on our river trips is available for customers arriving by bus or train, on production of the appropriate ticket.
We have bike racks available by our main office for customers arriving by bicycle.
For more information on how to get to us by public transport, click here
We know that we can’t achieve these aims alone so we welcome input from all of our staff, customers and any other interested parties.
Our priorities are to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
We monitor all electricity usage and endeavour to reduce our consumption by:
We continually review what cleaning products we use:
Prior to arrival we send all of our hire cruiser customers information about the impact of phosphates on the water quality in the Broads. They can then source phosphate free toiletries in advance of their holiday. Alternative we sell a small range of Ecover products from our reception.
At Norfolk Broads Direct, we recognise the impact our fibre glass cruisers have and are trying to offset this by planting trees. For every new boat that we build, we have committed to planting one new tree. In the Spring of 2014 we planted three trees at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in South Walsham. The ‘twinned trees’ will be planted in Broadland locations to encourage our customers to visit these wonderful attractions and even visit the tree linked with their cruiser! Customers hiring Fair Executive 1 or 2, or Fair Senator 2 will have details in their Skipper’s manuals about the locations of the planted Oak, Horse Chestnut and Ash trees that can be found at Fairhaven. Fair Chancellor 1 and 2 are twinned with a Sweet Chestnut and Hazel at Salhouse Broad and seven trees are located at How Hill. These comprise of Hazels representing Fair Commissioner 1 and 2, Fair Entrepreneur 1 and 2, leaving the final three planted for a regular customer wishing to give something back to the local area.
Customers have the opportunity to plant trees in some of their favourite locations through Norfolk Broads Direct. Tree planting is important both for CO2 conversion, but also as habitats for wildlife and aiding the reduction of flooding (as well as many other reasons!). For every tree our customers plant in the Broads through us, we will match this and take it one further: we’ll plant two more trees!