Cornwall converted railway carriage, England

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Responsible tourism: Cornwall converted railway carriage, England


We sustain the environment by;
Transport; Encouraging guests to come by public transport and use public transport while here. To this effect we provide lots of detail on facilities and attractions accessible by train. We are active members of our Rail Users group and campaign for the best service possible. We also award 25 cash-back to guests who arrive by train. We minimise our own car use and travel between our lets by train when we need to work at Hayle during a changeover.
We have a dedicated wildlife garden, have erected bird boxes and bird feeders, planted a wildlife hedge, planted for bird food throughout the year, planted a herb and butterfly garden and are members of the RSPB, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the WWF. We pile cuttings into the edge of the wildlife garden to offer habitat to small animals and often see frogs, butterflies, mice and birds in the wild area. We plant flowers that can be used all year round in our vases and in periods when there is little in bud source local bunches from the farm shop.
We offer full recycling facilities and composting facilities. We use the compost on our garden.
We plant drought resistance plants and don't water the garden, with the exception of new plants. We have self closing taps in the bathroom and have fitted showers and souble flush systems in the toilets.
We use Good Energy electricity. We use low energy bulbs and encourage guests to turn off lights. All new appliances are chosen for their low energy ratings.
By converting old carriages we save a piece of history from destruction - recycling on a grand scale!
We take special care to source locally, using local soaps, apple juice, milk, biscuits and wine. We use local suppliers with good ethical and environmental records.


We support the community by;

Friends and Neighbours; We put in lots of literature about local amenities, encouraging guests to use the local shops and pubs. We provide a book of day trips by train and are working on improving our walking page. We promote local festivals.

Volunteering and Charity; Much of our charity and community work is based at our other site in St Germans. Dave helping to set up the Community shop and spent three years as treasurer of the shop, being a fundamental link in getting it up and running, sourcing grants and balancing figures. He now takes voluntary shifts and set up the shop website.

Lizzy has been very involved in the resurrection of the St Germans May Tree festival, writing up music for distribution, making a processional tree, co-ordinating the decoration of 150 leaves with the local school and brownies, scouts and other youth groups and performing as musicians with our bands. Lizzy also helps with the annual Flower and Vegetable show. We have been on the committee and currently co-ordinate the art entries with the local primary school.

We run evenings in our St Germans woodland (which our Hayle guests are welcome to use) with the local scout and beaver groups.

We provide materials for St Germans school for their forest school lessons - from tops for den making to stools as seats.

We hosting visits around the St Germans site by the local school for their various railway and Brunel projects.

Campaigning for change; Lizzy is a founder member of the St Germans Rail Users Group and regularly attends transport meetings and tends and plants the station garden. I also make sure Hayle is on the map when going to South west meetings.

We are only a small business, but we do provide part time work for local people at a fair wage. In Hayle we employ a caretaker and gardener and use local tradesmen.

Travelling with respect; We encourage the use of public transport, which helps to preserve the local services and forge good relationships with the local shops - we are well known in Foundry Square and always support the shops whenever we come down, which is usually most weeks.

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