The farm is in the Country Stewardship Scheme which enables farmers to care for the land in a sensitive manner. We have been able to rebuild stone walls which are indicative of this area and we make hay for example, after the grass has had time to seed itself.
We use energy efficient fridges, freezers, washing machines and light bulbs and turn off lights and appliances when not in use. We harvest rainwater to flush the dual flush toilets. We encourage our guests to support local transport & have a towel agreement - whereby you choose when you would like clean towels. We use eco cleaning products such as ecover in the property. We encourage wildlife in our garden by leaving an area of the garden uncut to encourage wild flowers. We compost some of our food and garden waste and feed all our food waste to the dogs. We recycle glass, plastic and paper and have facilities for our guests to recycle their waste too.
We support local conservation projects such as Save the Squirrel. We have a small population of red squirrels in our woods. We have feeding stations for the squirrels and intend to replant the wood and provide a habitat favourable to the reds. Save Our Squirrels has raised the general public's awareness of the plight of the red squirrel and provides support and advice for the landowner and interested parties.
We employ all local staff. We buy local produce from the nearby farmshop and use a local butcher for the guests and our meals. We support the charity Mercy Trucks and tell our guests about them. Mercy Trucks is a charity which links resources to needs. They see the world as one big family; and when one part of the family is hurting the rest of the family come to help. The Charity is linked with Youth With A Mission. The Charity for example built relief shelters after the tsuanami struck Sri Lanka.
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