Sustainability and the Environment


Better understanding the conservation and preservation of our heritage is one of our core charitable purposes.  It has been embedded in our values since our foundation more than 65 years ago.  We believe that cultural education delivers demonstrable public benefit, but we are also aware that travel and tourism can have a harmful impact unless responsible steps are taken to mitigate that impact on the destinations we visit and the heritage we explore.


We are fully committed to achieving best practice in sustainability across all our activities.  Our policy is one of constant improvement to minimise our footprint on the environment.


As a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), our cultural travel subsidiary, ACE Cultural Tours, subscribes to AITO’s ethos of sustainable tourism. We aim wherever possible to work with suppliers and other trading partners who share that ethos.


At Stapleford Granary, we are actively reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and minimising waste. Our site forms part of the fragile river Granta chalk stream eco-system. We are working with experts in chalk stream management on the first phase of a conservation project to protect this rare habitat.