Cornwall is a truly unique place and we all need to work hard to keep it that way. We have started a number of initiatives ourselves to try and promote sustainable tourism and have provided some suggestions as to how you can help too.
We are members of CoaST – Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Project. In addition, we have received a Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme in recognition of the efforts we have put in to become a greener business. Enjoy England has also accredited us under the Cyclists Welcome and Walkers Welcome schemes. This means that we provide the necessary facilities to guests who holiday by bicycle or on foot.
But we’re not resting on our laurels. We have a Green Business Improvement Plan and there are many more things that we want to change to further reduce the impact that our business has on the environment.
Because of our rural nature, our guests tend to either drive or fly to Cornwall. We have just started up a Carbon Offsetting scheme with an organisation called Climate Care. Click here to calculate how much additional CO2 you will generate by travelling to and holidaying in Cornwall. You can then make a Carbon Offset Payment.
You can see the Responsible Visitor Charter opposite and you can read our pledge and commitment to green tourism below.Our green tourism policy...
|Conserve Energy Reduce energy consumption by switching off lights and by turning down the heating when you do not need them.|
|Leave your car behind for a day There are lots of lovely local walks you can do without using your car - see the Roseland Parish walks leaflets in your cottage/room or look at the Fal River Links/Enterprise Boats brochure to see how to get around without using your car.|
Use local products and suppliers- there are farm shops at the Lost Gardens of Heligan (Lobbs) or Humfrey's just the other side of Tregony.
Andy Day is the local butcher at Portscatho, where there is also an independent supermarket, Ralphs that stocks lots of local produce. Truro has a great Farmers Market every Saturday on Lemon Quay from 9.00am to 4.00pm.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
We have left a Lobbs farm shop bag in each cottage for you to use whilst you are here to avoid using plastic carrier bags.
There are recycling boxes for paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, cans and glass by our dustbins.
There is also a compost crock in each cottage for you to recycle food waste - if it gets full the composter is up on the vegetable patch near the car park.
If you are in the Bed and Breakfast pop your papers/bottles by your waste bin and we will recycle them for you.
|Be Water Wise Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, wait until you have a full load of washing or dishes to do before using the machines. In the Bed and Breakfast think before you leave your towels in the shower for us to wash them.|
|Respect Nature Help us to look after the landscape and wildlife by not littering, guarding against fire and using footpaths and cycle ways responsibly.|
|Support Other Green Tourism Businesses There are hundreds of businesses trying to reduce their environmental impact through the Green Tourism Business Scheme - have a look at www.green-business.co.uk for more information.|
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