Today marks 8 years since the opening of Tops Lakeside in 2012! Tops Lakeside, based at the business park at 1000 North Harbour, is a custom-built eco nursery, complete with a roof sprouting grass and wildflowers.
In 2018, the nursery received funding to extend their nursery with an eco-sustainable cabin. The building incorporates a timber frame which has the lowest carbon footprint of any available structural building and exceeds the thermal efficiency standards new houses must achieve. It has red cedar timber cladding (FSC and PEFC certified sustainable) which will fade naturally and without chemicals to match the existing building; 80% recycled insulation, double glazed, low emissivity glass, pre-insulated flooring with 80% recycled mineral wool, air source heat pump and LED lighting. TG Escapes also offset their activities and CO2 emissions with “ClimateCare”.
Soon after, Tops Lakeside installed solar panels on the roof to generate enough electricity for the whole nursery, making it more efficient and not producing any greenhouse gases.
Last year, Tops Lakeside achieved the ‘Plastic Free Approved’ status, as implemented by Surfers against Sewage. Having already been recognised as one of the South’s leading eco-sustainable childcare providers, Tops Lakeside have been working on a number of objectives in order to gain their accreditation, including banning all single use plastic – cling film, carrier bags, food bags, and wet-wipes, replacing them with reusable containers, homemade wipes and other eco-friendly alternatives. Not only this, they have also been extremely proactive in promoting less plastic by writing to manufacturers to ask them about their plans to reduce waste and make their products recyclable.
Friends at Tops Havant wished Tops Lakeside a big Happy Birthday along with this lovely message:
“Happy 8th birthday to our family at Tops Day Nurseries: Lakeside. Thank you for your friendship, sharing activity ideas and allowing us to come play with you all during lockdown. We hope you all have a lovely day celebrating being officially open for 8 years today.”
We cannot wait to see what the future brings for Tops Lakeside!
Providing happy, nurturing childcare for the hours you need, across over 30 nursery settings in Babbacombe, Plymouth, Bournemouth, Charminster, Copnor, Fawley, Gillingham, Corfe Mullen, Havant, Lakeside, Lymington, Taunton, Newport, Poole, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Southsea, Wareham, Wimborne, Winchester, and Yeovil.