Lido Sustainability

Sustainability at Sandford Parks Lido

Our Sustainability Commitment

We are committed to playing our part in the global priority of reducing emissions and waste and safeguarding water whilst maintaining everything we love about our Lido – its historic nature, its character and the enjoyment and wellbeing it brings to its users.  

Our strategy is therefore to prioritise and pursue energy efficiency and sustainability measures that make economic sense and ensure a long and sustainable future for Sandford Parks Lido and its community. 

We have exciting plans but we will continue to listen, to learn and to welcome challenges from our stakeholders so that we develop in the best way possible but all the time reducing our environmental impact.

Check out our sustainability profile HERE


Sandford Parks Lido Sustainability

Reduce Waste:

  • Zero to Landfill
  • We don’t print tickets, everything is held via our online booking system.
  • We sell reusable drink bottles and mugs

Reduce energy consumption:

  • Energy saving lighting in the changing rooms and toilets
  • Optimised the running of all the pool plant equipment
  • Buy local and use local business as much as possible
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What do our cafe do?

Reduce waste
  • Recycle all waste oil
  • Use wooden cutlery
  • Napkins are made from recycled products
  • They aim to keep packaging to a minimum
  • All packaging to be compostable

What we have already achieved?

Reduced Energy Consumption:

  • Solar panels on the main plant room roof
  • Installed pool covers
  • Installed new boiler for the pool water
  • Installed new heat plate exchangers for the boiler
  • Adjusted pump running speeds on the boiler system
  • Reduced burn temperature on the boiler
  • Refurbished the original filters
  • Installed energy saving lighting in the changing rooms and toilets
  • Installed insulation in all roof voids
  • Refurbished the main and children’s pool structures to eliminate water loss
  • Replaced 80% of the main pool circulation pipework
  • Repaired leaks on the children’s pool heating circulation

Reduce waste:

  • Zero to Landfill Contract
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What we would like to achieve

  1. Complete our full site decarbonisation plan
  2. Install solar panels on our car park.
  3. Install solar EV charging in our car park
  4. Install new energy saving water heating system for the showers

What can our customers do to help reduce our carbon footprint?

Reduce Waste:

  • Purchase a reusable Lido mug or water bottle
  • Minimise the waste packaging you bring onto and leave on site

Reduce Carbon Emissions:

  • Arrive at the Lido on foot, by bike or car share

Reduce Water Consumption:

  • Shower before swimming
  • Wear a swim cap whilst in the water
  • Apply suncream at leat 30 minutes before entering the pool

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We are thrilled to announce that we have been granted planning permission for the redevelopment of the lido car park and, most importantly, for stage 3 of our sustainability plan, which includes the installation of solar panels. These panels will generate an impressive 93% of our current annual electricity usage.

A huge thanks to the Government’s Swimming Pool Support Fund via Sport England and the Cheltenham Zero Business Grant for their financial contributions. We’ll be raising additional funds throughout 2024 to support this project.

We’d like to thank everyone who supported our planning application by writing letters of support, with special thanks going to Rappor, All Ecology, MHP Arboriculture, Jeremy Lake, Cotswold Energy and especially SF Planning, who’ve again impressively guided our application through the planning process and Cheltenham Borough Council for awarding us the permissions required to implement the project.

Stay tuned for more updates as we bring this exciting project to life! 


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Join us on the Summer Solstice for the earliest swim of the year 🌅

🗓 This Thursday
🕓 Gates open at 4am, pool opens at approximately 4:15am

Bring family and friends to swim as the sun rises on the longest day of the year, for one of the most picturesque and unique experiences the Lido has to offer.

This event is proudly sponsored by Hazlewoods accountants and business advisers. Trusted by clients regionally and nationally, we are proud of our strong Cheltenham roots serving many Gloucestershire clients.


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Have you ever wondered why our lido closes for an between lane swims and open swim sessions?

This brief closure allows our dedicated lifeguards to undertake essential cleaning and maintenance tasks 🧹🫧

By doing so, they ensure that the pool remains in pristine condition and that all facilities are kept in optimal working order.


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There is still time to enter 📢 ‼️

On Saturday, July 6th, we are hosting the Hazlewoods Aquathlon. 

This fantastic event is suitable for all abilities and features a swim followed by a run through Sandford park.

Choose your challenge:

Long course: 1,000m swim & 5km run (ages 17+)
Short course: 500m swim & 2.5km run (ages 15+)

Join us for a day of fun, fitness, and community! 🙏🏻🌳

Proudly sponsored by @hazlewoods_accountants 

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