With a young family and for an environment we can feel changing season on season it is imperative that every business does the best it can to combat the climate emergency, for our children's future. This really hit home to us this winter, hearing about the massive reduction in snow on the Scottish highlands over the years, finally making dog sledding impossible where it was a thriving sport just ten years ago. It made us focus on the question what can we do, to make a difference? Below is an outline of our response.
We make every effort to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum. For the 2020 season we have got some delightful mini sheep to help with keeping the grass maintained without the need to use the lawnmowers so often. We do not have multi fuel burners in our glamping accommodation (instead we provide efficient electric heaters) and only offer well seasoned wood for use on campfires. We encourage our gests not waste electricity.
We create our own compost from animal manure and plant cuttings on site, mixed with other organic waste. This compost is used in conjunction with peat free commercial compost to improve our clay soil for growing flower and vegetable crops on the field.
We offer recycling for our guests and currently have a zero to landfill waste contract for general refuse disposal. This year we will also be collecting crisp packets for recycling, which will help raise funds for local courses.
We also monitor our mains water usage keeping it to a minimum, all our toilets have half flush buttons and the stable block toilets have percussion taps and lights on motion sensors, reducing waste. We have moved to a more environmentally friendly washing up liquid and cleaning fluids.
We provide a variety of habitats for wildlife on our site; including log piles, bug hotels, solitary bee hives, long grass areas, tall hedges with berries left for birds into the winter and over grown areas for wildlife to hide. We have also put up bird boxes and scattered wild flower seeds this summer.
We allow the grass to grow long and go to seed before being cut to help scatter the seed across the drive and carpark to encourage grass to grow across these stony areas. We do not use weed killers on our site.
Our guests are encouraged to explore our natural environment, we provide wildlife information books and displays, bug hunting and bird watching kits. We also provide hot water bottles to reduce the use of electricity on site at night.
We have taken part in the Devon greater horseshoe bat survey which has given us some very interesting information about the bats that hunt on our field. We encourage our guests to enjoy watching the bats feeding at dusk in the various feeding grounds that our site offers them. We also have a bat detector available to burrow and listen to the bats hunting.
Over the years we have been working to reduce our use of single use plastic and reuse were ever possible. We now have reusable hand soap dispensers in our accommodation, re-use animal feed bags once empty, we are looking to replace plastic washing up sponges this season for organic alternatives in our accommodation. We use recycled plastic garden pots, usually getting several years use out of them. We are actively looking into what other eco products we can offer further reducing our single use plastic.