As a town Dorchester is making big changes to reduce its carbon footprint. Local businesses, organisations and community members are doing what they can and we would like to invite visitors to Dorchester to support us in making tourism in Dorchester as sustainable and low impact as possible.
We have created some top tips to help reduce the environmental impact of your visit. Many thanks for your help and enjoy your stay in Dorchester.
Tip 1 - Leave the car at home
Dorchester has two train stations so is easy to get to via public transport. The town is compact and easy to walk around and there are plenty to see an do here. Plus we have several cycle routes and bus routes meaning that you can explore parts of the rest of the county with out a car too.
Tip 2 - Bring your electric car
Dorchester has plenty of electric car charge points dotted around the town and more and more are popping up across Dorset too. So you shouldn’t need to worry about availability to charge in Dorchester.
Tip 3 - Be litter free
There are lots of public litter bins around the town and you don’t need to use a special bin either for your dog waste – any bin public litter bin will do!
In Dorset we are lucky enough to have our own community litter campaign called Litter Free Dorset – Land and Sea who carry out regular litter picks and run campaigns to reduce litter. Dorchester Town Council works with them to help reduce litter in the town and we have a number of 2 Minute litter Pick stations around the town if you fancy doing a litter pick whilst you are here.
Tip 4 - Reuse and Refill
Don’t forget your reusable bags, bottles and coffee cups!
There are over 50 places in Dorchester that welcome you to come in and refill your water bottle. You can see them all on the Refill App and collect points as you refill too.
Dorchester also has a dedicated refill point in the town centre outside Coffee Number 1 cafe.
Tip 5 - Support Local and Sustainable Businesses
Check out the green credentials of Dorchester shops, accommodation providers and attractions and support those who are going the extra mile.
Try and support cafes and restaurants that use local produce. Dorset Food and Drink have a great list of local food suppliers and support have pop up market events in the town too.