We want all our guests to enjoy the pleasures of the forest and the comforts of our cottage for the foreseeable future, which we believe means making some commitments and asking our visitors to taking a few easy steps with us to minimize our impact on the environment.
The cottage is equipped wherever possible with AAA rated appliances.
Oil fired central heating is supplied – there being no gas available – but it is supplemented by a wood burning stove for heating.
We supply eco-friendly washing and cleaning products, and avoid the use of toxic and non-biodegradable substances.
We monitor the consumption of each fuel and seek ways of reducing it without reducing comfort. This will include:
Installing LED and low consumption light bulbs throughout.
Making regular reviews of electricity prices and suppliers from renewable sources.
Maintaining regular checks on oil consumption and best current prices.
Regularly reviewing new equipment as it comes on the market, assessing its effectiveness and, when affordable, installing it.
We provide suitable containers for recycling packaging and encourage guests to dispose of glass, cans, paper and plastic in the bins located through the gate in the back garden.
We promote local food suppliers to our guests and provide local products for them to sample.
Local workpeople are used for all building work to the cottage.
How our visitors can share these commitments
- Adopt the ‘countryside code’ when walking or cycling on the many paths in the forest.
- Record in our visitors book any wildlife, plants or anything you have noted during your stay.
- Let us know if you run out of any products which we supply and leave containers for us to refill with eco-friendly brands.
- Use the bags we have provided for shopping instead of plastic bags.
- Follow our suggestions for the disposal of various types of waste so that they cause minimum pollution.
- Turn off electrical equipment (lights, television, hi-fi, cooker etc) when not in use.
- Explore ways of enjoying your holiday with minimum use of your car (and exploring public transport!).
- Give us more ideas on sustainable living!