- Our business is committed to good environmental practice in all its business activities.
- The business will ensure that it goes beyond the minimum requirements set by environmental law in this country and will go beyond its legal duty of care requirements for waste minimization and disposal.
- The business will aim to ensure it is minimizing the harmful effects and maximising the beneficial influences that its own activities have on the local and the global environment.
- The businesses operators will accord to known best practice and communicate environmental principles to staff, guests and fellow tourism hosts.
- The business shall aim to market tourism responsibly.
- The business has an environmental policy covering the following key areas: purchasing, recycling, energy efficiency, water efficiency, transport, office systems and use of Janitorial products, pesticides and herbicides, conservation of the historic and natural environment.
Below are areas in which the items above are put into action.
Aim: Wherever possible we try to buy fresh local food produce and purchase items made from recycled materials, we seek goods that are not over-packaged and products that are durable or refillable. We encourage our guests to do the same and provide them with full details of recommended local suppliers. Our website and printed out details encourages our guests to be conscious of their carbon footprint when shopping. We supply “Fair Trade” welcome products wherever possible.
Aim: To recycle as much as possible to save natural resources, reduce landfill, save energy, road miles and the costs of disposal.
For example: we provide for both our own and our guests use, separate containers for segmenting glass, paper, cardboard, food and drinks cans, green waste, plastics, aerosols, tetra pack’s, polythene bags, foil, batteries, light bulbs and all redundant electrical products. We compost all our garden waste. We use our own compost and farmyard manure for the gardens and use local bark chippings and quarry waste for mulching the gardens and resurfacing around the farm. All unclaimed lost property and used equipment is donated to Oxfam, Great North Air Ambulance, Help the Aged or other charitable organizations.
Energy efficiency, conservation and management
Aim: To reduce energy consumption in all activities by more efficient programming and control of our heating systems. By asking our guests to minimize all heating requirements, be conscious of water usage and wastage. By only using the minimum of outside lighting and gradually changing gadgets and fittings to low energy use options.
For example: We encourage all guests to conserve water, minimise energy use by turning off televisions, lights and radiators when not needed. Where ever possible we use energy efficient LED light bulbs and automatic timers. Our heating systems are thermostatically controlled and regulated according to property occupancy. The Cottages are now double glazed and very well insulated.
Transport and getting around
Aim: To arrange group travel, minimise the use of car and fuel consumption by owners and guests, promote public transport and car-free alternatives such as cycling.
For example: We have details of local transport available and planned itineraries of things to do without a car. We can also advise on cycle hire for guests.
Management of water resources
Aim: To minimise use of water across all activities even in times of plenty to save money and energy spent on purifying water and reduce pressure on water abstraction.
For example: We try and ensure visitors have an understanding of their actions in the management of water whilst staying i.e. dripping taps, showers, baths, washing up etc. We have two natural water supplies; collect rainwater in butts for the chickens and the gardens. We use the old farm supply (private) to water the gardens in summer.
Pesticides and hazardous substances
Our Practice: We use a full range of environmentally friendly janitorial products wherever possible. We research the background to the manufacture of products we use and endeavour to use only the minimum effective amount to resolve any problems that we may encounter. Wherever we can we use the most environmentally available approach to resolving problems in the hostel and cottages at all times. We believe in early treatment of any garden pests in order to minimise all pesticide and herbicide use on the farm.
Conservation of archaeological, landscape and wildlife features
Aims: To manage our built heritage (the farm is a listed building) in a sensitive and sustainable way. All building works on the hostel, cottages and around the farm is carried out using local labour and wherever possible undertaken in the traditional manner using traditional materials. Second hand and eco friendly materials are used wherever possible.
We manage our landscape and wildlife features on the farm as sensitively as possible and create new features and habitats as appropriate to provide for long term habitats and landscape continuity of local, distinctive character. We have put up bird boxes and created wet areas and a pond.
Aims: To re use and recycle all paper products, to use recycled paper products for all our future printing needs. We aim to reduce our print and paper-use as much as possible by using our computer network and the internet correspondence and advertising
Communication of environmental principles to guests and others
Aims: To raise awareness of sustainable tourism issues to staff, guests and fellow tourist operators, and to promote local opportunities for green tourism.
For example: Guests' information pack includes environmental literature and we encourage guests to use group transport wherever possible, use sustainable public transport, shop local, help reduce waste and energy consumption during their stay.
Our future environment policy
We believe that all environmental policies should be continually evolving and our business will annually review its environmental policy in the light of suggestions made by customers, new legislation and new environmentally friendly alternatives.