Grand Parc du Puy du Fou – Sustainability through the Ages

Grand Parc du Puy du Fou – Sustainability through the Ages
October 17, 2014 Arton Kabashi

Attracting more than 1.5 million visitors per year, Puy du Fou is an historical theme park in Les Epesses located in the Vendée region of Western France. The park is divided into five separate village attractions with shows that feature volunteer actors and actresses from local villages.

Adèle Bailly, Safety and Environment Assistant from Grand Parc du Puy du Fou said, “Puy du Fou has recently been awarded Green Globe re-Certification and since its creation, Puy du Fou has attached great importance to environmental protection and the preservation of its natural heritage. To honor its commitments, Puy du Fou follows a global approach to sustainable development and always maintains focus on improving its practices.“

Protecting biodiversity is carried out though practices that encourage the preservation of wild species with staff involved in various programs that include the maintenance of inventories of birds’ nests, recording flora and fauna and the reintroduction of birds of prey in France and abroad.

To lessen its environmental impact, the park has been active in reducing its use of agrochemical products and encourages composting and mulching to fertilize grounds. Furthermore, waste management and recovery of recyclable items has improved with an increase in the number of sorting bins throughout the park including backstage areas.

Saving and monitoring energy and water usage at Puy Du Fou has resulted in the implementation of a building management system (BMS). This means sustainable development is taken into account when new buildings are built or modified. For example at the new hotel, Le Camp du Drap d’or, LED lights, heat pumps, water saving systems and use of rainwater to irrigate the grounds were integral features factored in during initial design stages.

To raise environmental awareness amongst employees the park routinely runs staff training on sustainable development. Puy Du Fou also conducts educational workshops for school groups and discovery workshops for visitors. In addition, informational materials such as promotional brochures carry eco-friendly messages regarding recycling paper. And, the park prefers purchasing local products and using local suppliers to support regional businesses.

The preservation of local culture and traditions are a high priority for the park. Three hundred young people are trained in the arts and techniques of the Grand Parc’s shows through the Junior Academy each year and artisans are present in the different villages to showcase local crafts.

Furthermore, the famous night show ‘The Cinescénie’ performed by thousands of local volunteers and their children, tells the story of the Vendée region covering 700 years of its history. All profits raised from the show are channeled back into the park and the local economy.