The Bay Trust
A beautiful modern eco wedding venue in Kent
Having a green wedding makes a statement to loved ones and friends, you are as committed to our world as you are to each other.
The Pines Calyx is an eco-wedding venue, set in 6 acres of stunning gardens in the White Cliffs area of Kent, overlooking the Channel to France. We hold one bespoke Saturday wedding per weekend all year round.
You and your guests can relax and enjoy the exclusive use of our unique eco-friendly venue for your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening party for £7500. Registrar fees are not included and are payable directly to Kent County Council.
We welcome couples who share our passion to reduce their carbon footprint by creating an environmentally friendly wedding that will bring something truly unique to your special day, whilst wowing your guests with the natural beauty of our venue and the surrounding area.
Our events team are on hand to take the stress out of your special day by coordinating it with you, to create a truly bespoke wedding that’s tailored to your style, balanced with the charitable and green values of the Bay Trust.
The Pines Calyx is the first venue in Europe to be designed and built using the principles of cradle-to-cradle design, combining the healthiest environment with the lowest carbon footprint of any venue in the UK. During its construction, we generated 75% less carbon dioxide (CO2e ) than a standard building by using local materials.
The hybrid solar-powered system with a water source heat pump provides both heat and electricity for the building. However, renewable energy is just one part of this green building. The use of reclaimed materials throughout the building provides an insight into how we can rethink the way we make things. Waste chalk and clay have been used for the walls and roof structure. Many other upcycled materials in the building show new examples of closing the loop using glass, timber and plastic waste.
The construction adds to local biodiversity through the green roof and the reed bed providing an entirely new habitat for invertebrates. All compostable waste from events is used for mulching within the surrounding organically managed landscape.
The Pines Calyx has its own borehole supplying fresh water to the building. All waste-water runs directly to the reed-bed filtration system, from where the cleaned water exits to fulfil the garden’s irrigation needs.
The venue is designed to provide the highest quality of light, air, acoustics and space. All together, this creates an optimally ‘healthy building’ both for its occupants, and its local environment.
Based in Dover