When living and working in a beautiful environment we always ensure that we are aware of the onus bestowed upon us to be responsible for its safe keeping for future generations. During the building of the bunk house we have made every endeavour to minimise its impact on the surroundings and the wider environment and ensure the running of the business is materially and ethically sustainable.
Some of the many conscious efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and provide sustainable accommodation:
- The installation of insulation to reduce the use of fuels for heating
- Hemp and lime wall internal insulation so the building will breath and remain healthy for visitors
- Natural lime pointing around external stonework
- The reuse of old reclaimed oak timbers and limestone
- Solar thermal and photovoltaic arrays on the roof to produce hot water and electric
- A biomass pellet boiler for heating and additional hot water
- A highly efficient LPG boiler as a back up heating source
- Energy efficient double glazing
- Thermostatic controlled radiators to avoid wasted energy
- Push button showers to limit water waste
- Flush limiters on WCs
- LED low energy lighting with PIR technology to reduce wasted lighting
- ‘A’ rated energy efficient electrical appliances
- To not provide or replace towels unless asked
- Buying wherever possible, free range and locally sourced quality food
- Ecover Environmentally friendly toilet products to protect the septic tank efficiency
- Ecover Environmentally friendly cleaning products such as vinegar
- Locally sourced timber for building and wood for the stove
- Tree planting in the grounds and environmentally friendly garden for wildlife
- ALWAYS Recycling our waste – plastic, tins, glass, paper and cardboard
- ALWAYS Using recycled products such as toilet paper, bags and envelopes
- Using emails rather than letter to save paper wastage
- Supporting and encouraging walking and cycling
- Providing visitors with information on sustainable public transport and free lifts from the nearest bus stop.
You can do your part too –
- Please limit the amount of water and heat you use.
- Save items for recycling such as paper, card, plastic and glass.
- Buy local food and services.
- Walk and ride whenever you can, limit the use of your car or use public transport to reduce carbon emissions.
And please remember the Countryside Code for everyone –
Respect other people:
- Consider the local community and others enjoying the outdoors
- Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths
Protect the natural environment:
- Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
- Keep dogs under effective control
Enjoy the outdoors:
- Plan ahead and be prepared
- Follow advice and local signs