Charity and Environment
Freedom Racing’s whole ethos and passion is about the outdoors - so the natural environment is very important to us. We try and minimise our impact on the environment as a whole and locally in the special places we visit and take you to in our events and races. We do this in our own operations but also by supporting and working with charities that protect and look after the environment.
The Woodland Trust is the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity. Founded in 1972, they were the first to stand against the spiralling threats to our precious woods and trees, and remain at the forefront of the fight to protect, plant and restore UK woodland.
Trees and woods filter our air, cool our cities, purify our water and enrich our soil. Yet the damage done to them has now reached catastrophic levels, and our plant and animal species are declining at an alarming rate.
Woodland Carbon is the Woodland Trust’s unique scheme to help companies reduce their carbon footprint by locking up carbon emissions through planting trees. They create new woodland and harness nature’s simple and powerful way of removing carbon dioxide from the environment.
Freedom Racing has worked with the Woodland Trust to create 75m2 of new native woodland. In time this will absorb at least 3 tonnes of carbon dioxide, helping to reduce our business carbon footprint.
We have estimated the mileage that the FR van will cover this year plus ALL the other vehicles that are involved with the running of ALL our events over the next 12 months and contributed the amount recommended by the Woodland Trust to plant enough trees to absorb that carbon back up, as well as provide habitat for wildlife.
The National Trust is a conservation charity with no government funding. It looks after 250,000 hectares of countryside and in May 1965 launched the Neptune Coastline Campaign to protect special areas of coastline under threat of development. Through the support of hundreds of thousands of people there is now 775 miles of coastline in the care of the National Trust across England, Wales and Northern Ireland for people to enjoy and nature to thrive in.
The National Trust owns and looks after 1 in 3 miles of coastline in the South West and %10 of the coastline of the UK, essentially creating a free national park by the sea. There are considerable costs to look after all this land and this is done through fundraising via memberships, car parking fees, and property usage.
Most of our races cross National Trust property, for any event that crosses NT land we obtain a license from the National Trust and then give them a payment per participant on top of the license fee. We are pleased to support the National Trust in this way and responsibly organise events on their land.
Here is a table to show where the money goes and just how much it costs to maintain the land and places the National Trust owns.
The National Trust is a charity so the license fee covers the costs incurred to cover:
- Preliminary discussions with a member of NT staff
- Administration of the license
- A proportion of the fee will go straight back to the property to conserve and protect it and keep it available for the public to enjoy.
Some examples of how the money is spent at properties;
- £10 - for 1 meter of revegetation alongside a path
- £25 – to plant and protecting five native trees
- £50 – to repair nearly two meters of dry stone walls across our countryside
- £100 – to repair 1 meter of stone path
- £600 - for 1 hour of helicopter flying time to move stone
We recycle as much as we can from our races; race signs are used as many times as possible, any plastic cups and bottles usedat water stations and checkpoints are kept seperate and taken to local recycling facilities after the race and as much else as we can. Often people carry a water bottle during races which helps as they can be filled up at water stations and reduce usage of plastic cups.
All our race briefings highlight the problem of litter and remind our participants to be careful not to drop any and pick up any that they see. Our sweeper runners at the back of the field are instructed to pick up any litter that they come across and another litter sweep along the route is carried out in collecting all the route marking signage and tape.