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.
What have we done?
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.
What can you do to help keep Cornwall a unique place to come and relax and enjoy?
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Bring your shopping bags with you and save using plastic ones. Use the recycling boxes we have for you in the dustbin area and the compost crock in your kitchen. We make compost and then use it on the garden
See the Fal River Links brochure in your cottage with details on how to visit Truro, Falmouth and St Mawes - all using the river rather than road. See King Harry's Cornwall and Fal River Links for more details and travel time tables.There is a new Mussel Card that enables guests to maximise the use of public transport. It's a wonderful idea and will bring a truely integrated public transport network to our area.
Try some of the amazing walks from Roundhouse Barn - down to Turnaware beach, across the Messack peninsula, to the church in St Just in Roseland or to St Mawes, we provide the maps and leaflets for you and can advise on difficulty and length and where to get refreshments on the way!
We also provide public transport timetables for you and can advise on cycle hire and cycle routes.
Look for special offers on First Great Western trains on our beautiful branch lines - Looe to Liskeard, St. Erth to St Ives - (also avoids the parking problem!) and others.
Support local suppliers
We provide you with a list of local restaurants and pubs. Visit local farm shops, village stores and farmers markets. We source as much of our food as possible locally - we can recommend local butchers and farm shops for you. In season please help yourselves to fresh vegetables from our organic allotment.
Reduce utilities usage
Switch off lights when not needed, don't leave electrical items on standby, turn down your radiators if you don't need them, use the clothes airers we supply outside in the large courtyard garden rather than putting damp clothes/towels on a radiator.
Respect the environment
Follow the countryside code and make sure you leave gates as you find them, take your litter home with you and leave plants and wildlife undisturbed.
Reducing Carbon Emissions - Carbon Offsetting
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.
Supporting Green Travellers
There is a great organisation called Greentraveller.co.uk that promotes businesses like ours that have a commitment to sustainable tourism. When you are thinking of your next holiday, please take a look at the Greentraveller.co.uk website to find business like ours to stay at.