Sustainable Eco Friendly Glamping Holidays
We do our best to be environmentally conscious and aware of our carbon footprint, both in our daily life and running our farm and glamping business. These are a few of the things we do:
- Providing guest recycling - each glamping field has a dedicated recycling area with bins provided for: compost, glass, paper & cardboard, plastics, metal and general waste.
- Solar panels on our barn roof (we have two arrays) contribute to the power on the farm, glamping and holiday cottage. We hope to be able to store the power we generate by battery in the near future when the technology is more developed (and affordable).
- We are an Organic farm and do not use pesticides or chemicals.
- Our guests are provided with Ecover washing up liquid and their own eco cleaning products and eco cloths. We use refills for the washing up liquid and shower gels rather than replacing the plastic bottles every time. Where possible we use vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to clean on changeover days. All our cleaning cloths are eco - old towels are coverted to cloths, we don't use J cloths or any disposable cleaning cloths.
- Stocking our larder with recycled loo paper, eco kitchen paper and natural fire lighters. We try not to stock foods containing palm oil. We have recycled wellies in our larder for visiting children to borrow!
- We use hedgerow flowers in our guest accommodation instead of buying flowers.
- Heating our house and holiday cottage with Biomass heating.
- Recycling as much as we can, even if it means putting on gloves and checking through our guests black bags after check out as Patrick is demonstrating in the photo above!
- Composting veg scraps, cardboard, lawn mowings and loo rolls which after rotting down go back to our veg patch. Our vegetable garden provides homegrown veg for our larder and guest vegetable hampers.
- Returning egg shells to our chickens instead of buying plastic packaged chicken grit.
- Buying vintage items from charity shops. We often buy preloved farm items from farm sales too, including our 1973 tractor!
- Upcycling with old pallets, old tyres, galvanized metal sheets and wood scraps from our building projects. All the coffee tables are recycled pallets. The kitchen shelving in three lodges is recycled apple crates. Wooden walls within the glamping units is from sustainable local sources.
- We try and stock lots of local products in our larder. You'll find Somerset ciders, Somerset apple juice, pies and pasties from Devon, local cheeses, butter and milk.
- We do all our own laundry and dry guest bedlinen and towels on the washing line - we avoid using the tumble dryer.
- Catherine recently marched with #MothersRiseup and #ExtinctionRebellion in Taunton raising awareness of climate change
You can see more of the things we do to be sustainable here on our Eco Policy.